Friday, July 18, 2008

Kangaroo paws

While checking out a local nursery last week I spotted the plant shown above. This is one of the Australian kangaroo paws, members of the genus Anigozanthos of the family Haemodoraceae. The plant did not have a tag giving a name; by the looks if it it's a dwarf cultivar. That suits me just fine: I intend to winter it in the protected cold frame. The nursery in question is a sprawling, somewhat disorganized affair: I searched in vain for more plants in other colors, in particular for some red, green or black forms, but found only one more yellow. I've read that some Anigozanthos are somewhat freeze tolerant: they would make really impressive additions to our garden flora, but I don't expect to see that anytime soon.

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