The Red and Green Kangaroo Paw is a perennial herb with spectacular and unusual, bright red and green flower clusters. The flowers are long and tubular and resemble the shape of a kangaroo’s paw, hence the name. The base of the flowers and the flower stalks are bright red and the corollas are a rich green and with black hairs on the outside. The flower stalks grow up to four feet in height. Grows well in sandy soils and in full sun and part shade. Natural habitat is shrublands, woodlands and forests. They are pollinated by nectar-loving birds. Endemic to western Australia. It is western Australia’s iconic floral emblem. Hardy in zones 10-11.
Growing Instructions for the Red and Green Kangaroo Paw
The seeds of the Kangaroo Paw are responsive to smoke. The seeds do not require it for germination, but it usually reduces the days to germinate and it increases the percentage of germination. Smoke treatments for seeds can be purchased online. 1. Create a mixture of ½ seed starter mix and ½ sand. 2. Put the mixture in a pot. 3. Sow the seeds on the soil. 4. Slightly cover the seeds. Do not bury the seeds. 4. Water the seeds with a fine mist. Keep the soil constantly moist and avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix. 5. Put the pot in a warm, shaded or semi shaded area. The seeds germinate best at 65-72 degrees F. They generally sprout in around 21 days in the right conditions but they may take up to 90 days or longer, depending on the conditions.