Woolly Paws
The Gardener|August 2020
Fill up your low-water zones like the gravel garden, rock garden and sunny low-maintenance areas with new and very cute Anigozanthos varieties, also known as kangaroo or cat’s paws.

These weird and wonderful evergreen perennials, which flower for months on end, originated from the crossing of two Australian species to get a large range of dwarf cultivars (50 – 60cm x 45cm) with big flower power in a wide array of bright colours.

Underground horizontal rhizomes give life to clumps of tough, sword-like green leaves with fans of leafless stalks topped by racemes of tubular two-lipped blooms. Both stalks and flowers are covered in colourful woolly hairs, giving them a velvety touch. Maturing flowers flare open at their tips into six greenish petals resembling a small paw.

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