Hon Reece Whitby MLA

Hon Reece Whitby MLA

Minister for Environment; Climate Action

    Cutting-edge science sees new Blue Kangaroo Paw available to buy

    9/03/2022 10:00 AM
     
    • Groundbreaking blue kangaroo paw now available for purchase
    • Result of more than ten years of development by Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority plant breeders
    • Community encouraged to plant local species to support changing climate

    Innovative research at the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority has produced a world-first blue kangaroo paw (anigozanthos masquerade) that is now available to be purchased by Western Australians at local retailers.

     

    It is the result of more than ten years of research and development by breeders at Kings Park.

     

    True blue flowers are rare in native plants and the development of the kangaroo paw required controlled cross-pollination over years between green and red-and-green varieties.

     

    The new hybrid comes in three variants of different colour intensities and shades cocktail, fireworks and masquerade.

     

    The blue kangaroo paw has been developed to be disease tolerant to ink-spot and rust - common issues affecting the plants species' survival. It is hoped the new variant will encourage locals to put more native vegetation into their gardens.

     

    The kangaroo paw (anigozanthos) is an evergreen perennial endemic to WA's south-west.

     

    Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby:

     

    "Kings Park and Botanic Garden is not only a stunning place to visit, but also a worldwide leader in plant development and research - which is showcased by the blue kangaroo paw.


    "I would encourage all gardening enthusiasts to visit your local nursery, purchase one of these beautiful plants and help to support our biodiverse environment by creating gardens that are resilient in a changing climate."


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