Yeah it's real! Black furry buds open to green flowers in this wonderful native kangaroo paw. A little tricky in subtropical gardens but worth the effort - and very rewarding in dry zone climates.
"Impressed with the packaging of my 4 black kangaroo paw tube-stock plants they arrived safely on time in South Australia" Victoria - May 2018 SA
Macropidia fuliginosa - black kangaroo paw APPEARANCE : Strange and wonderful native Australian kangaroo paw with furry black buds opening to pale green flowers with blue pollen winter to summer. Leaf clumps are compact to under 50cm. "Fuliginosa' means sooty, referring to the colouring of flowers and stems. USE FOR : Best in containers where optimal conditions can be maintained, or in rockery beds and waterwise gardens. PLANTING: Grows naturally in gravelly iron-rich red soil in low-humidity regions. Needs lots of sun and warmth, CARE: Like all kangaroo paws it prefers dry air, so water in the morning to avoid fungal disease. Responds well to regular watering but needs good drainage. Should be considered as a short-lived perennial (3-4 years) in subtropical regions but very longlasting in drier zones. Feed with slow release fertiliser for native plants as Macropidia is very sensitive to phosphorus. HEIGHT & WIDTH: 1m in flower H x 50cm W. YOUR PLANTS : These are tubestock plants, young plants with healthy roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80 mm x 42 mm wide.