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Anigozanthos 'Bush Games' is a reasonably tough red and green kangaroo paw with good colour definition. A perennial plant to about a metre and a half tall, it has strappy clumping leaves, and grows from underground rhizomes. Performs best in a sunny spot and well drained soil. Once the flowers die back, they can be cut back hard to the ground, which will tidy the plant and encourage new shoots. The flowers were used in the 2000 Olympic games.
Further reading: Growing Kangaroo Paws (an article written by native plant expert Angus Stewart).
Flower colour: red or brown
Flowering season: spring summer
Maximum height: 1.2 metres
Minimum height: 1.2 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.
Native to: Australia.
Planting season: not specified.
Types of fertiliser: not specified.