Growing kangaroo paws in Western Australia

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The red and green kangaroo paw is the floral emblem of Western Australia.

Kangaroo paw flowers are grown for both the local and export cut flower markets. They are also used as amenity plants providing a block of colour and are fairly drought tolerant.

They are popular because of their unusual display and vibrant colours. This page outlines the basic requirements for commercial cultvation.

Species and varieties

The most popular kangaroo paws are hybrids of Anigozanthos flavidus with A. pulcherrimus or A. rufus, plus Macropidia fuliginosa (the black and green kangaroo paw). Small amounts of A. pulcherrimus and A. manglesii are also grown.

There is little or no requirement for other species at present. Enquire about market demands before making any substantial plantings as trends in the cut flower industry are cyclic.

Many other kangaroo paw varieties are available such as the Bush Gems Landscapers series, and growers should contact a range of information sources such as exporters, nurserymen, grower associations and the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, for advice on the best selections to grow.


Most kangaroo paws prefer well drained, acid sands or sandy loams. None will tolerate wet conditions. M. fuliginosa is especially susceptible to root rots and is also sensitive to phosphorus.

Eastern Australian studies suggest A. pulcherrimus may also be sensitive to phosphorus. If the soil has a history of cultivation, test for soil phosphorus level before planting either of these species.


A wide range of conditions is tolerated. Frosts from mid-winter to spring will affect flower quality and may render the crop unmarketable. In conditions of high humidity, ink spot and rust may cause problems, although most hybrids have good resistance to these diseases.