This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum’s “Pollinator Plant List: Hummingbirds” series – 30 can’t-fail, easy-care, low-water plants well adapted to our region and that attract hummingbirds.
Yellow kangaroo paw
Anigozanthos ‘Bush Gold’
Size: 2 feet tall with 3-foot flower spikes.
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Bloom season: Golden flowers in late spring and summer.
Exposure: Full sun.
Pruning needs: Remove any winter-damaged foliage in early spring.
Water needs: Medium; once established, water deeply once a week.
Snapshot: Native to southwest Australia, kangaroo paws have become a major hit in low-water landscapes. These evergreen perennials feature spikey, vertical foliage that creates a good accent when used with rounded plants. In late spring and summer, these perennials produce curious, 3-foot-tall stalks of yellow, furry “paw-like” flowers that open to green inside. Hummingbirds love those flowers – as well as a place to perch on those stalks. Kangaroo paws can be frost sensitive and may need protection during winter.
For more on “Pollinator Plant List: Hummingbirds,” click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu.