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Kangaroo paw is a great favourite among gardeners in its native Australia where it can be grown en masse in the border. In the UK, it does best as a greenhouse or conservatory plant, and makes an excellent cutflower. In the wild, the flowers are pollinated by birds which explains the long length of the flower stems as they need to tower above surrounding plants for the birds to get to the blooms easily. The shape of the flowers allows the pollen to be deposited on the heads of the birds as they feed on the nectar. The pollen is then transferred from one flower to another as the birds fly between plants when feeding. Plants enjoy a sunny position with good drainage. They are quite short-lived, surviving for around three to five years. New plants can be raised from seed. A. flavidus is a vigorous variety. For the best flower colour, buy plants in bloom.
Plant type: Tender perennial
Flower colour: Mixed
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist
Skill level: Experienced
Time to plant seeds: February to April
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