A Flower a Week : #5 Kangaroo Paw


The spectacular Red and Green Kangaroo Paw, Anigozanthos manglesii is the floral emblem of Western Australia. It is one of about twelve species of the genus Anigozanthos which is restricted to the south-west of Western Australia. The family Haemodoraceae to which it belongs occurs in Australia, Papua New Guinea, South Africa and the Americas.

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This is another Kangaroo Paw species, smaller and not so individually spectacular as the Red and Green one but when seen massed in a garden bed they are a stunning sight.

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September is the month King’s Park Botanical Gardens in Perth has its Spring Festival. A glorious celebration of the wild flowers that grow so profusely in Western Australia. Five years ago I achieved a dream of a life time when I spent 3 months travelling the length of WA immersed in the beauty of this regions native wild flowers and culminating in being in Perth for the Spring Festival.


Nalinki on “Angles and views” is hosting a weekly series called: “Flowersoverflowers”, it will be posted every Tuesday. The idea is to bring some more colorful pics of nature into our blogosphere

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26 thoughts on “A Flower a Week : #5 Kangaroo Paw

  1. Stunning flower, and I am so pleased you achieved a dream of a life time in your travels too Pauline.. 🙂 Wonderful xxx


  2. These flowers take my breath away – how amazing! They look like they could have come from a different planet but then again for many of us Australia is just that…thanks for sharing these two beauties.


  3. You have many interesting and unusual plants in Australia. Thank you for posting about them! Great shots!


  4. I’ve never seen such a pretty and unusual flower! We have nothing that exotic here in Pennsylvania! 🙂


  5. Gorgeous!



  6. Lucky you. WA in wildflower season must be superb. I’ll be enjoying it vicariously in October when I spend a week with a friend who will have just returned from a wildflower tour. Maybe non-vicariously some day.

    Kangaroo paw is indeed a strange plant: last seen by me in the garden beds outside the local library. Have you got any in your garden?


    • I did try to grow them many years ago I grew them in a pot, but they got a bad case of black spot so I gave up on them. They have to be treated as annuals in our climate. Enjoy your friends photos.


  7. These photos are amazing, Pauline. Has it really been five years since you were in WA? Wow – time flies 😉


    • I know I can hardly believe 5 years have whizzed by…But we did go again, house sitting last year but it wasn’t wild flower season.


  8. again another stunning beauty! I’m looking forward every week to see your flowers 🙂


  9. Absolutely lovely photos!


  10. Very different, Pauline. Thank you!
    That last photo is stunning.


  11. Definitely an unusual plant. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in real life.


    • I’ve tried to grow them in my garden but they do not like the humidity and get black spot and just wither up. A bit like I feel in mid summer!!!!


  12. Regal floral emblem,a plant of rare beauty!Great share,it’s the first time I have seen such a showy and glorious flower!As for your wildflowers,they have so handsomely punctuated the land!
    PS:I arrived here thanks to Jack _/\_


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