One of the most unique and beautiful flowers in the whole of Kings Park and the Western Australian Botanic Garden is the Kangaroo Paw plant.
With its vibrantly coloured flowers and distinctive appearance that resembles that of a kangaroo’s paw, it’s a favourite with locals as well as visitors.
In this article, we will explore where to find the iconic kangaroo paw in Kings Park, Perth, and discover other regions across Australia where you can also admire this special plant.
What makes kangaroo paw plants truly extraordinary are their strikingly coloured velvet-like stem and fan-like flower clusters, which resemble the paw of a kangaroo, hence the name!
These unusual paw-shaped blooms come in a range of colours such as red, green, orange, yellow, purple and even teal blue.
This makes them really popular, and a really great plant to photograph, especially when you get up close to capture all the detail!
Kangaroo Paw in Western Australian Botanical Garden, Kings Park, Perth
The Western Australian Botanical Garden is situated within Kings Park, Perth, and is known for its diverse collection of native plants and wildflowers.
In fact, it is home to around 3,000 species of flora native to Western Australia!
Among the thousands of species here, Kangaroo Paw takes a special place, and so Kings Park is a must-visit destination for Kangaroo Paw enthusiasts.
Here at the botanic garden, you’ll find both common kangaroo paw (green and red), as well as rare varieties of the kangaroo paw such as the teal blue coloured kangaroo paw.
The teal blue kangaroo paw is a special kangaroo paw created by Kings Park over a 15-year breeding period and has gained fame worldwide for its uniqueness.
Known as the Masquerade, it has beautiful eye-catching teal and purple flowers that contrast beautifully, and it makes for some incredible photos!
The common kangaroo paw is the striking red and green coloured plant and is actually the floral emblem of Western Australia. It is taller than the other coloured kangaroo paw plants, with stems around 1 metre long.
The common kangaroo paw plant is also more resilient, and is lower maintenance than the other varieties, which is why they are also a popular plant for gardeners to grow in their own gardens!
When Are Kangaroo Paw Plants In Bloom In Kings Park?
Spring until early summer (so the months of September and October) is the best time to see the kangaroo paw plants flowering across Kings Park and the rest of Western Australia.
You’ll see lots of kangaroo paw just past the entrance to the Western Australian Botanic Garden which is near the floral clock and Visitor Centre in Kings Park.
As you’re walking along the path, past the Botanic Garden sign, you’ll see lots of kangaroo paw, especially if you visit during the last two weeks of September when the Everlasting Kings Park Festival is on.
During this time, there are many wildflower displays, but the Kangaroo Paw often takes center stage. As you explore the park’s walking trails and open spaces, you’re likely to encounter patches of Kangaroo Paw in full bloom.
Where to Find Kangaroo Paw in Australia
While Kings Park, Perth is a fantastic place to admire Kangaroo Paw, these striking plants can be found in other regions of Australia as well.
They are native to the southwestern region of Western Australia and only occur naturally here.
You’ll see lots of varieties and colours of kangaroo paw from the area of Shark Bay down towards Margaret River, Albany, and Fitzgerald River National Park near Bremer Bay.
They thrive in sunny environments, and so you’ll find many kangaroo paw spread out around southwest WA, along river banks, roadsides, and in forests as the state provides optimum conditions for the plant to grow.
You can also spot kangaroo paw in the Centennial Parklands in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs! You’ll find them at Centennial Square, close to the pond.