Plantidote of the Day 2012-10-26
One of my most favorite plants ever! Kangaroo paws are tough Australian imports with odd, fuzzy flowers that hummingbirds love. The plants can grow as high as 6 feet, making a beautiful hedge/boundary, especially since they bloom for months at a time.
Kangaroo paws are available in dazzling colors; you can see a few of them in the short slideshow at the bottom of this page. I actually chose the one above because it's the most subtle one I've ever run across. These plants like sun, good drainage, and moderate watering.
NOTE: Sorry there's no Plantidote round up today. High winds here are taking the internet down every few minutes, so it's hard to post anything that requires a lot of writing at the moment. But the round up will be back soon!
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