Macropidia fuliginosa is the fabled and fabulous black kangaroo paw with true black and green flowers.
Macropidia fuliginosa is the fabled and fabulous black kangaroo paw. It is closely related to the kangaroo paws and cats paws from Anigozanthos but diverged from these relatives when it colonized a different soil type in their native Western Australia. It has similar strap-like, iris-like leaves and inflorescences but the stems are burgundy-black branching into heart stopping true black and light green, tubular flowers with flaring, reflexed petal lobes and exserted pistil and stamens. Tolerant of light frosts but best as a houseplant or greenhouse plant in winter.
Common Name: Black Kangaroo Paw
Family: Haemodoraceae (The Bloodwort Family)
Zone Hardiness: 9-11
Light: Full Sun
Primary Bloom Colour: Black
Secondary Bloom Colour: Green
Bloom Time: Spring - Fall
Soil Moisture: Average, Dry
Stem Colour: Black
Deer Resistant: Unknown
BC Native: No
Native Habitat: Dry sandy, siliceous areas of southwest Australia and a variety of other environments and soil types.
Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Australasia
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