Superb Australian plant, especially as a massed bedding planting. Originating in south Western Australia, despite their appearance they are not particularly drought tolerant and require watering and perfect drainage to flower well. Light to dark green leaves, and erect, slender, sometimes branched stems that bear tubular flowers, which resemble kangaroo paws. These are covered with red, orange, yellow, or green woolly hairs. Flowering occurs from spring to midsummer. The Kangaroo Paw is the Western Australian floral emblem.This is a nectar food source for birds.