Why I love Kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos spp.) and how to grow them

Jackie French
By Jackie French
May 21 2022 - 7:30pm
Kangaroo paw. Picture: Shutterstock

I don't know why I love them, but I do. Kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos spp.) are not spectacular, unless grown en masse, something the Canberra Botanic gardens does with complete brilliance, so every time I go there I am struck by a severe case of kangaroo paw envy. Kangaroo paws are not scented, nor particularly useful except in the most elegant of floral arrangements, the kind I can't manage. Three hydrangea bunged into a vase is about the best I can do, or a single rose in a bud vase.

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Jackie French

Jackie French

Canberra Times columnist

Jackie French is an Australian author, historian, ecologist and honourary wombat (part time), 2014-2015 Australian Children' Laureate and 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. She also writes a gardening column for The Canberra Times.

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