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Anigozanthos flavidus (evergreen kangaroo paw)

Evergreen kangaroo paw has a clump of narrow, iris-like leaves and branching stems. The masses of tubular, curved, densely-hairy flowers are usually yellow, but can be orange, red, pink or green.
Anigozanthos flavidus

Anigozanthos flavidus

Species information

Scientific name: 

Anigozanthos flavidus DC.

Common name: 

evergreen kangaroo paw, tall kangaroo paw

Conservation status: 

Not threatened, and well conserved in protected areas.

Habitat: 

High rainfall forested areas along with riverbanks, swamps and wet road verges. More information below.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental. Young rhizomes consumed by Wardandi Noongar Aboriginal people.

Known hazards: 

The velvety hairs on the flowers can irritate the skin and eyes on contact.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Lilianae
Order: 
Commelinales
Family: 
Haemodoraceae
Genus: Anigozanthos

About this species

Evergreen kangaroo paw is a striking and easily-grown perennial for frost-free or nearly frost-free climates, and some of its artificial hybrids provide good cut-flowers. Flowering stems are produced throughout the summer, from November to February in its native southwest Western Australia, where the flowers attract nectar-feeding birds and honey possums. The species is particularly suited to cultivation due to its natural resistance to disease and insect attack and there are many different coloured hybrid cultivars with Anigozanthos flavidus as one of the parents.

Synonym: 

Anigosia flavida, Schwaegrichenia flavida

Genus: 
Anigozanthos

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