The Black Kangaroo Paw – Macropidia fuliginosa
Macropidia fuliginosa is commonly known as the ‘Black Kangaroo Paw’. An evergreen clump forming perennial with blue-green strap or sword-like leaves up to 50 cm tall and flowers on stems up to 1m . Without doubt Macropedia fuliginosa is an eye catching plant.
It is the black ‘hair’ on the stems and on the yellow flowers that give it the name ‘Black Kangaroo Paw’.
Although closely related to Anigozanthos, Macropedia is a different species and is more difficult to grow in the home garden than other ‘Kangaroo Paws’.
Found naturally in near coastal areas of Western Australia north of Perth, the ‘Black Kangaroo Paw’ require a very well drained soil and does not do well in humid conditions.
Perhaps try these in pots or containers, growing in a gravely coarse free draining potting mix.
Water the soil not the foliage, and do not over water. Full sun, protection from frost, try to keep dry in winter, a position on a sunny the patio could be ideal. Well worth a try as they are spectacular.
Macropidia fuliginosa – Summary Information
- Soil – Moist yet very well drained.
- Position – Very sunny and protected from any cold winds.
- Height – Will reach around 1 metre in height.
- Good air flow and low humidity are essential to prevent fungal diseases.
- Frost tolerant – No