Mangles Kangaroo Paw
Western Australia’s striking floral emblem! This beautiful strappy leaved perennial produces multiple green and red, velvety flowers from late winter through spring.
Growing kangaroo paws in your garden will attract many nectar-loving birds, including honeyeaters and wattle birds. The plants have long sturdy stems which support the weight of the birds while they cling to them and feed from the flowers.
Grow it at home:
- Plant in autumn and winter in full sun or dappled shade
- Sandy, sandy loam, or gravelly soils
- Water at the base, avoiding leaves, to prevent fungal disease
- Look out for slugs and snails
- Fertilise with 3-4 month native fertiliser on planting
- Prune out spent flower spikes at the base
This beautiful species is treated as an annual or biennial in the Western Australian Botanic Garden, planted each year to coincide with our spring flowering annuals.
Find it in Kings Park
See Mangles Kangaroo Paw at its best from August to October in the Wadjuk Car Park surrounds, opposite Lord Forest Roundabout, in the Jarrah and Marri Woodland Garden, in the Northern Sandplain Garden, and the Central Wheatbelt Garden.
Out in the wild
Anigozanthos manglesii has a broad endemic range. Its natural habitat is shrub land and woodland/forests from Shark Bay in the north to Manjimup in the south.