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PlantFiles: Kangaroo Paw, Cat's Paw
Anigozanthos flavidus

Family: Haemodoraceae
Genus: Anigozanthos (an-ih-go-ZAN-thos) (Info)
Species: flavidus (FLA-vid-us) (Info)

11 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
Dark Purple/Black
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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9 positives
4 neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive RosinaBloom On Oct 19, 2014, RosinaBloom from Waihi
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

Anigozanthos flavidus is a perennial herb which is easy to grow from both seed and rhizome cuttings. The flowers are covered in velvety hairs which may become irritating if in constant contact with skin and eyes.

Positive meridannight On Jul 14, 2014, meridannight wrote:

i absolutely love this plant. i got it from one groceries store that had a separate section for plants and the thing didn't look so good. some of the flowers had already been cut and the leaves were wilting. i thought it was pretty much a goner by then, but i'd been searching for this plant for a while and i really wanted it so i bought the sad-looking thing.

i'm growing it indoors. i put it into a very sunny location next to a large 10m wide window facing southwest. so it gets a lot of sunshine all day long. it not only survived but it seems to thrive. the old flowers it had already in the store feel dried up now and look whitish-yellow, but it is now growing a whole number of new flower stems and leaves. the new flowers are reddish-yellow. i've heard some say that the soil shouldn't be let dry out completely, but it's happened in my case a few times and the plant seems fine. once it gets watered again it doesn't seem to mind some dry spells.

i have no idea which variety of Kangaroo Paw it is though, since the label in the store didn't have any marking on it.

Negative Tibble22 On Sep 24, 2012, Tibble22 from Panama City Beach, FL wrote:

Purchased this plant a two separate times at a local garden chain and have not had any luck with it. Each time the plant dies. I have it in we'll drained soil and situated in morning sun and afternoon partial shade. The plant just doesn't want to thrive. I do have a problem with snails in my yard but can not put down anything to kill the snails because I have 3 dogs. I must use the search and destroy method of getting rid of the pests and I do that on a daily basis.

Positive alpha_male On Aug 20, 2012, alpha_male wrote:

There are several native Anigozanthus in Western Australia.
A. Manglesii has a red woolly stem with a bright green flower 1 metre tall, shaped like a Kangaroo's paw. It is the floral emblem of West Aust.
Anigozanthus suffer from fungal diseases (ink spot) and snails love them! They thrive in the cooler South West of Aust. on poor sandy gravelly soils but like most Aust natives they cannot tolerate phosphates - never feed them chicken poo fertilisers! Most hybrids are crossed with Flavidus and Manglesii and now come in a variety sizes and colours and do well as a cut flower.

Neutral EllaMarie On Jun 10, 2012, EllaMarie from Columbus, OH wrote:

I recently purchased a plant called Anigozanthos aka kangaroo paws . It is yellow and growing beautifully in a pot. However, I live in Ohio and need some help as to how to care for it during winter and how to propagate.
Thank you

Neutral mjsponies On Jul 3, 2010, mjsponies from DeLand/Deleon Springs, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Just got a huge pot of this at lowes' for half price...based on the comments before, I'm going to give a sharp well drained location, with a bit of afternoon shade........I think it's just tooooooooooo cute....

Positive lovekat On Mar 17, 2010, lovekat from Perth
Australia wrote:

Common name for this plant is Tall Kangaroo Paw. Catspaw is the common name for Anigozanthos humilis.

It's natural habitat is the cooler, wetter south west of Western Australia, so it is not surprising that it doesn't particularly like Phoenix, AZ.

Negative ogrejelly On Mar 14, 2010, ogrejelly from Gilbert, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Despite being sold heavily in the Phoenix area, this plant does not survive the summer. Even when planted in good shade, this plant just continues to go down hill as the temp go over 100F.

Positive spiritgirl On Oct 29, 2009, spiritgirl from Montezuma, GA wrote:

I purchased this plant from Lowes and it has done really well, I keep it inside near french doors. Just be careful not to over water. I plan on planting seeds soon. And will post the results.

Positive allwet On Jun 8, 2008, allwet from Ridgecrest, CA wrote:

I found Kangaroo Paws growing in the parking area of the Olive Garden on Ming Ave. Bakiersfield, CA. They were beautiful. They were the deep red variety.

Other websites suggest the "velvet" on the flowers may be a skin irritant.

Neutral nipajo On Apr 11, 2006, nipajo from Dallas, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I received this as a gift and planted it . I have it in full sun which the label said to do. It has not done so well and the blooms are turning white, they were orange. The foilage is still as green as when I first put it in the ground. Do not know what is wrong. Have not over or under watered it. I am still trying for some success here.

Positive gingern On May 26, 2005, gingern from Irvine, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Grows well in Irvine, CA.

Positive ozi_kim On Jan 25, 2004, ozi_kim wrote:

The Kangaroo Paw is a Western Australian grass-like plant that grows in desert regions. The plant will do well in hot, dry areas -needing more water when flowering.

As I live in Melbourne, kangaroo paws do not do well in our cold wet winters and will die back over winter - some do not return.

But I have had some success in growing a smaller variety in a wide pot on a sunny verandah. This flowers every year with pink fuzzy flowers - the fuzzy pinkness covers the stems of the flowers making a delightful pink against the bright green of the plant. Varieties include red and green flowers (beautiful), cream and green flowers (impressive), green (hardy) and various single colours reds, oranges and yellows. New breeds are making growing easier.

As to height, the tallest I've seen is the height of a man growing in a grass-like clump. The plant itself is low (2 feet) but the flower stalks give the plant height.

Positive Ulrich On Jun 20, 2003, Ulrich from Manhattan Beach, CA (Zone 11) wrote:

It comes in red/maroon, dark yellow, and perhaps in other colors.

Neutral Baa On Sep 18, 2001, Baa wrote:

My first year of growing this plant from South West Austrailia.

Has mid-green, strap shaped leaves up to 3.5ft long which are evergreen. Bears curious two lipped, tubular flowers with have a serrated edge and are covered in a soft wool giving the impression of a paw. The plant spreads by rhizomes and seeds.

Flowers May-August outdoors but can flower at anytime indoors.

Likes moist, welll drained, humus rich, sandy loam in sun or light shade. It will require winter protection and is hardy down to 41F, mulch to protect the crown if grown outdoors with straw or bark chips.

I've just found out that they can grow to 10ft high in the right conditions.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Gilbert, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
El Cerrito, California
El Granada, California
Granada Hills, California
Manhattan Beach, California
Martinez, California
San Jacinto, California
San Leandro, California
Stockton, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Deland, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Miami, Florida
Orlando, Florida (2 reports)
Montezuma, Georgia
Brusly, Louisiana
Central Point, Oregon
Austin, Texas
College Station, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Deer Park, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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