How to grow Australian native flowers
The most commonly loved Australian native flowers include waratahs, banksias and gum blossoms, kangaroo paws and Christmas bush. Here, Horticulturalist Meredith Kirton reveals how to grow Australian natives in your own backyard.
Mourning Johnston Drummond and Kabinger. Black Kangaroo Paw, Macropidia fuliginosa, Western Australian Botanical Garden, Perth, Australia
Curtis's Botanical Magazine, that wonderful source of botanical information presented in marvellous style, gives a description in 1847 of 'Anigozanthos fuliginosa'. It is already then remarked that this Black Kangaroo Paw is quite different from the other kinds of Anigozanthos (and later it received its own particular name: Macropidia fuliginosa, Sooty Bigfoot, I would say...). Curtis's quotes from a recent letter received by the London Journal of Botany from James Drummond (1786/7-1863)…
Black kangaroo paw - Macropidia
Yeah it's real! Black furry buds open to green flowers in this wonderful native kangaroo paw. A little tricky in subtropical gardens but worth the effort - and very rewarding in dry zone climates.
Black Kangaroo Paw [Macropidia fuliginosa]
A very desirable and spectacular Kangaroo Paw. In sub-tropical regions it can be tricky in soil but will thrive for a few years in a container in a sunny p...