|Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthus flavidus)|
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As its common name suggests, kangaroo paw is a native of southwestern Australia. This novel bloom's proper name, Anigozanthos, combines the Greek words anoigo, meaning "to open," and anthos, meaning "flower," and reflects this flower's inclination to open widely, flaring almost to the blossom's base.
Members of the Haemodoraceae family, some 10 species of this perennial herb are known. Perhaps the most familiar to florists is Anigozanthos flavidus, which is available in red and yellow varieties. Kangaroo paws are also available with yellowish-green, green, brownish-yellow, red and pink blooms. Some bicolor varieties are also available.
Care and Handling
Handle gently to avoid damaging blooms.
Kangaroo Paw provides delicate textural contrast and distinctive shape in designs. In full, massive arrangements, these flowers have a woodsy quality. They work in oriental style arrangments as well.
Colors: Yellow, yellowish-green, brownish-yellow, crimson, orange, pink, and bi-colors.