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'Bush Elegance' has a dwarf habit with distinct burgundy coloured flowers on branched stems. A relatively strong garden performer even in humid climates. Flowers in spring and summer, and the blooms are attractive to birds and make good cut flowers. Kangaroo paws grow from underground rhizomes, so once established they are reasonably hardy. If the foliage becomes untidy, the leaves can be cut back hard to the ground to rejuvenate the plant. Late winter is a good time to do this, so that new growth occurs in spring.
Further reading: Growing Kangaroo Paws (an article written by native plant expert Angus Stewart).
Flower colour: orange
Flowering season: spring summer
Maximum height: 0.7 metres
Minimum height: 0.7 metres
Maximum width: 0.5 metres
Minimum width: 0.5 metres
This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: birds.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: not suitable.
Sand: moist, well-drained.
Ink spot disease
Native to: Australia.
Planting season: Spring.
Types of fertiliser: Low phosphorus native fertiliser.