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Care of the plant Anigozanthos flavidus or Tall Kangaroo paw.

Care of the plant Anigozanthos flavidus or Tall Kangaroo paw

The genus Anigozanthos, family Haemodoraceae, comprises 11 species of perennials and shrubs native to Australia. Some species are: Anigozanthos flavidus, Anigozanthos bicolor, Anigozanthos humilis, Anigozanthos manglesii, Anigozanthos viridis.

Common name: Tall Kangaroo paw. This species is native to central and southern Europe, North Africa and Middle East.

They are shrubs that can reach more than 1 meter in height. They are interesting for their curious flowers, which look like kangaroo paws in bright colors: from red to orange and from yellow to emerald green. The tubular and velvety flowers appear in clusters.

They can be grown indoors in a very sunny exposure. Its outdoor exposure is in full sun or semi-shade.

They resist the cold but if there are frosts the rhizomes can be removed (keep in a dry and cool place) and replanted in the spring.

The ideal soil is a light and well-drained one, as they are sensitive to excessive humidity.

They don't need a lot of water, as their rhizomes can rot. It is recommended to water every 15 days with a 2 glasses of water, increasing to 2 glasses every week during the flowering period, which usually runs from mid-spring to early summer.

They are highly valued as a cut flower because the flowers last a long time. Wilted flowers should be pruned.

Fertilize with half the normal dose of mineral fertilizer once a month during flowering.

They can be attacked by aphids and, if the humidity is excessive, by fungi.

Images of the plant Anigozanthos flavidus or Tall Kangaroo paw

Anigozanthos flavidus
Anigozanthos flavidus
Anigozanthos flavidus
Anigozanthos flavidus
Anigozanthos flavidus
 

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