In bushfire-affected landscapes, the Kangaroo paw seed produces a substance that releases cyanide. The cyanide, in turn, helps landscapes revive after fires. Many plants use this toxicity as a defense against herbivores. Fortunately, this cycle helps the ecosystem regenerate after a forest fire.
Care Level: I'm Easy
Pet Friendly: Warning
Toxic to pets.
The Kangaroo paw plants come in various colors from yellow to orange, red, pink, and white. Their blooms have a soft fuzz that mimics velvet. The Kangaroo paw is Western Australia's floral emblem. The shorter variety of Kangaroo Paw's perform well at the front of the garden bed or in a container pot in full sun. Their bright colors attract hummingbirds making it a great add-on in the garden space! Need a punch of color in your garden beds? Use this beauty to attract hummers in a sunny spot. Give it a good drink every week to help its blooms last longer.