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Anigozanthos flavidus

Anigozanthos flavidus
Anigozanthos flavidus

Thank you to Andreas of Bogotá aka Quimbaya@Flickr for sharing today's images of an Australian species cultivated in Colombia (original image 1 | original image 2). As noted by Andreas in the comments to his photographs on Flickr, the palms in the background are Ceroxylon quindiuense (if you're curious – they're not part of this series on Australian plants). Thanks again, Andreas!

Tall kangaroo paw or evergreen kangaroo paw is native to southwestern Western Australia, with a distribution range that only overlaps the range of yesterday's Calothamnus villosus near Albany.

The worldwide distribution of the Haemodoraceae, with representatives in Australia, Africa, Indonesia (east of the Wallace Line), South America and North America suggests a Gondwanan origin (Gondwana animation) for the plant family, with subsequent migration to North America.

The Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants and Australian National Botanic Gardens – Growing Native Plants both provide more information on tall kangaroo-paw in its native environment and in cultivation.

5 Comments

Anigozanthos flavidus - Z9 - RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
Anigozanthos flavidus - minimum 5 degrees C/41 degrees F. - A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk

Really enjoy the wide-angle along with the close-up picture. For plants I don't know, it's great to have the wide angle to place the species, though I enjoy the close up the most.

Thank you Beverly for the zonal insights. Checking out the links, there isn't much said on this. Even though this facinating wildflower is said to be very hardy and adaptible, this is of course in the context of South Western Australia, not in the North West of our quite polar Northern Hemisphere!
Trying out the adaptability of species native to Australia and New Zealand into the North West has been very interesting. There is alot of thought and care involved in effectively translating their needs.
I wonder what sort pollenation methods this wildflower would attract here?

I grew a variety of Anigozanthus species/cultivars (yellow, red, and green) on my warmish patio at my home in New Westminster, just east of Vancouver, for a couple of summers. In the first summer, after having pulled them from a warm greenhouse, they flowered well and looked pretty good. I then overwintered them in a polyhouse with frost protection only. That summer, they looked even better and flowered over a longer period. Hummingbirds visited the flowers both years. Unfortunately, I didn't provide enough light to the crowns the next winter, and the plants deteriorated as a result. If some risk-taking greenhouse grower produced well-budded gallons for sale in May, I'd buy them every year.

Wonder of wonders, our [once local] Anigozathus flavidus in Columbia! Well, not quite local, as this looks a bit like the variety 'Yellow Gem', with possibly 'Big Red' in the background. Fantastic! Albany, West Aust., has used these on the town entry roundabout.
Cooler northern climes may like to experiment with some of the Bush Gem range of 'paws if you can access them, but they must have sun and good drainage. Perhaps treat as annuals?
And here we are wishing we could grow peonies and clematis, whilst the wattle and the local Banksia coccinea begin to colour the winter bushscape!

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