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Macropidia fuliginosa 'Bush Eclipse' (Black Kangaroo Paw)

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Plant description

Macropidia fuliginosa Bush Eclipse

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Macropidia 'Bush Eclipse' is sure to bring a touch of magic to the garden, with the stunning black and green flowers in spring. A clumping perennial with broad bluish-green foliage. A touchy plant with root rot, it is best grown in a rockery, raised bed or large pot. Needs a well drained soil in a sunny spot. Mulch around the plant to keep weed growth down, but keep the mulch away from the leaves. The blooms are great for cut flower work, and will attract birds to the garden. Feed the plant only with a low phosphorus native fertiliser, in spring.

Further reading: Top ten native plants and Best natives for pots and small gardens (articles written by native plant expert and horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: black or green
Flowering season: spring

Plant size

Maximum height: 1 metres
Minimum height: 0.8 metres

Maximum width: 0.7 metres
Minimum width: 0.5 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
The frost tolerance of this plant is not specified.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Birds.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: well-drained.

Clay: not suitable.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Diseases

Root rot can be a problem

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: Low phosphorus native fertiliser.

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