Common name: Mangles Kangaroo Paw, Red and Green Kangaroo Paw


Anigozanthos manglesiiView image slideshow

Origin of Scientific Name

Anigozanthos - (Greek) origin uncertain, but the three possibilities are anisos = unequal (alluding to the corolla), anichos = elevated (as hands in prayer), or anoigo = to open or undo (alluding to the open branching of the flower stems) + anthos = flower.

manglesii - in honour of Robert Mangles (d. 1860), 19th century horticultural enthusiast, who raised the type specimen from seed in his English garden.


As Western Australia’s iconic floral emblem, Anigozanthos manglesii needs little introduction. The Red and Green Kangaroo Paw is a perennial herb with strappy mid-green leaves extending from a central point at the base. It is restricted mainly to the coastal plains, from Shark Bay in the north, extending south to Cape Leeuwin, and further inland in south-west WA where it grows in sandy soils in open forests and heaths.

Typically, red and green velvety flowers at the end of tall stalks (up to 120 centimetres) appear from August to November. However, colour variations are fairly common amongst this species, with plants presenting green/yellow, and combinations of pink, orange and green flowers (called 'sports') often found among populations. Anigozanthos manglesii is also known to hybridise naturally with other species of Anigozanthos.

Growing Kangaroo Paws in your garden will attract many nectar-loving birds including honeyeaters and wattle birds. The sturdy stems of the flowers are able to support the weight of the birds while they cling to them and feed from the flowers.

Did you know that Anigozanthos manglesii is one of the three plants incorporated into the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority logo? It is also the Kangaroo Paw represented in the marble mosaic artwork, created by artists Rudolph Verschoor and Jacqueline Pinnock, forming part of the entry statement to the Western Australian Botanic Garden.

Horticultural tips

  • Can be grown from seed but may require pre-treatments such as heat shock or soaking them in smoke water.
  • Best treated as biennial.
  • Grows well in in sands, sandy loams and gravelly soils in full sun or dappled shade.
  • Susceptible to ink-spot and rust fungus, which can be minimised by avoiding overhead watering.
  • Remove spent flowers by cutting right down to the base of the stem.
  • Minimal summer water will promote healthy growth the following year.

For more horticultural tips view our Plant Notes section.

View in Kings Park

Visit Kings Park to see Anigozanthos manglesii planted throughout the Western Australian Botanic Garden and found naturally occurring within the Banksia woodland of Kings Park (refer to map).

Want more information?

Refer to the profile for this plant on the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' FloraBase online herbarium.

anigozanthos manglesii closeup m sealeRed and Green Kangaroo Paw growing in Kings Park bushland. Photo: D. Blumer.Anigozanthos manglesii habit.

School Ball parking

Temporary parking on Fraser Avenue will not be provided for buses, limos and cars, and fines will apply.

Rotary Wishing Well works

Works will be taking place at the Rotary Wishing Well near Fraser Circle from 17 January 2023 until further notice.

Blue Boat House works

The City of Perth will be replacing the timber stairs at the blue boat house from Monday 30 January until Tuesday 28 February 2023.

Read all notices ...

Rare plants stolen from Kings Park

We're devastated to announce up to 900 of WA’s rarest orchids have been stolen from the Conservation Garden in Kings Park.

Dr Scalzo awarded Medal of the Order of Australia

Congratulations to Kings Park's Dr Tony Scalzo on receiving the award of a Medal of the Order of Australia (General Division).

Life after fire: a seed's 70 year journey

Bushfires are devastating for the communities they rip through. In the Quairading fires in February this year, farmer Murray Williams lost everything on his farm apart from his home.

Read all news ...

Read about weather and warnings ...

All events …