Kangaroo Paw

Origin: Western Australia

Family: Haemodoraceae
Scientific Name: Anigozanthos spp. and Macropidia spp.

Indigenous (Noongar) Names: Nollamara, kurulbrang


Element: Water
Day: Monday
Planet: Neptune
Zodiac: Pisces
Associated Celebrations: VernEx

Parts Used: Flowers

Magical Properties: Emotion, compassion, balance, friendship, harmony, love, beauty, forgiveness, sincerity, reconciliation

Substitutions: Flax lily


Used as a cut flower crop and ornamental plant.

Indigenous Uses:


There are 11 species in the genus of Anigozanthos and one in Macropidia (M. fuliginosa), which are all endemic to Western Australia, where it is the state floral emblem.

Type: Perennial flowering plant.
Plant size: 20cm-3m
Leaves: Linear, strap-like leaves
Flowers: Djilba to Kambarang: Tubular flowers that open at the apex with 6 claw-like structures. Mainly come in red and green, along with yellows and black, although other colours have been cultivated.

Etymology: Named kangaroo paw (and cats paw, A. humilis) for the paw-like flowers.

In the Garden

Type: Perennial
Light: Bright light
Water: Drought-tolerant
Soil: Well-draining