One of the most unique florals, Australia's national flower the Kangaroo Paw has some very interesting facts to go along with that interesting name.
- Native to Australia, Kangaroo Paws are exported to many parts of the globe and are grown commercially in the USA, Israel and Japan.
- The size, flower-stalk height and colour of kangaroo paws flowers varies between the species.
- The overall colour of the flowers is influenced by fine coloured hairs which cover the flowers and, sometimes, part of the stalk.
- The flowers appear over spring and summer.
- The flowers are pollinated by birds, unlike the majority of flower species that are polinated by insects.
- A major disease of kangaroo paws is a fungus which causes ink disease, Ink disease appears as large black blotches on the leaves.
- In general kangaroo paws grow best in well-drained soils in a sunny position. Well-composted organic matter will improve growth.
- The fuzzy Kangaroo Paw flowers can irritate the skin and should be avoided by persons with floral allergies.