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Bush Tango Kangaroo Paw

Anigozanthos 'Bush Tango'

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Bush Tango Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos 'Bush Tango') at Green Thumb Nursery

Bush Tango Kangaroo Paw flowers

Bush Tango Kangaroo Paw flowers

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Bush Tango Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos 'Bush Tango') at Green Thumb Nursery

Bush Tango Kangaroo Paw flowers

Bush Tango Kangaroo Paw flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  24 inches

Flower Height:  3 feet

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Other Names:  Cat's Paw

Group/Class:  Bush Series


Iridescent orange-red flowers, covered in fine colored hair, rise above bright green, clusters of sword-like foliage; a compact upright habit, perfect for small beds or containers; beautiful, long lasting cut flower; drought tolerant once established

Ornamental Features

Bush Tango Kangaroo Paw features unusual racemes of orange flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to mid fall, which emerge from distinctive red flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its sword-like leaves remain green in color throughout the year.

Landscape Attributes

Bush Tango Kangaroo Paw is an open herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and may require the occasional pruning to look its best. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Bush Tango Kangaroo Paw is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Bush Tango Kangaroo Paw will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Bush Tango Kangaroo Paw is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Massing  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features