Kangaroo Paw, Cat's Paw 'Bush Garnet'


Family: Haemodoraceae
Genus: Anigozanthos (an-ih-go-ZAN-thos) (Info)
Cultivar: Bush Garnet



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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


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Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

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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:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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


Gadsden, Alabama

Scottsdale, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Carlsbad, California

Clayton, California

Cloverdale, California

Eureka, California

Folsom, California

Fremont, California

Kelseyville, California

Monterey, California

Redwood City, California

San Leandro, California

Santee, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Cocoa, Florida

Papaaloa, Hawaii

New York City, New York

Mesquite, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 9, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This South African plant is evolved for a Mediterranean climate, where there's no rain in the summer. Kangarooo paws are notorious for their sensitivity to significant water in summer, which rots the roots. In climates with significant summer rainfall, special provision needs to be made to keep the rain off. Kangaroo paws perform well on the US west coast, which has a Mediterranean climate, but not in the east.


On Aug 23, 2011, FlaFlower from Titusville, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Very expensive as an annual here in Florida once it starts to rain it starts to wither and then faster than it arrived it is gone. Tried them 2 years in a row to much money $10-$12 a 10 inch pot for about 4 weeks of performance, the cheap ones far out perform this.


On Aug 22, 2011, gardenerCarol from Thousand Oaks, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

This is a very dramatic plant in bloom, particularly with a mass of them. Too much water will kill it faster than anything. Great in pots for that reason. If planting in the ground set the crown a bit above the ground level to avoid any drainage issues. Otherwise it's almost maintenance free.


On Aug 22, 2011, rpj from Sebastian, FL wrote:

Although it can grow in south Florida I had a tough time once the rainy season got here. No matter what I tried it seemed to get to much water.


On Aug 22, 2011, pbyrley from Wake Forest, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I would like to see Dave's garden do more to establish the lack of danger of these recent imports before "advertising" them so heavily.

We don't need more honeysuckle, maleuca, Brazilian pepper, etc rampaging across vast areas of the countryside.


On Aug 22, 2011, Lisianne from Bowling Green, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I love the texture and shape of this plant which I have purchased several consecutive years. However, I've had poor luck with getting it to bloom. I've tried it in pots as a container plant, in a long windowbox, in the ground. In full sun and part sun. I have successfully overwintered it in my sunroom, but it has never rebloomed after that. I must be doing something wrong!


On Apr 2, 2005, rwc_gardener from Fresno, CA wrote:

Easy to maintain. Adds lots of color, height, and texture to the garden. Great for cuttings.


On Jul 5, 2004, hekdek from Columbus, OH wrote:

In Ohio I am using it as a patio plant, it is very interesting and easy to care for. I am hoping to overwinter it inside