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Anigozanthus 'Pink Joey' (Pink Joey kangaroo paws) with Senecio mandraliscae in Santa Barbara, CA

Anigozanthus 'Pink Joey'

Pink Joey kangaroo paw

Anigozanthus flavidus 'Pink Joey' is an evergreen perennial.  Pink Joey has dark green, sword-shaped leaves and reddish-pink flowers that look like kangaroo paws.  It grows 2-3' tall and 2-3' wide.

Anigozanthus flavidus 'Pink Joey' is an evergreen perennial that forms an upright clump of bright green, sword-shaped foliage about 2-3' tall and 2-3' wide.


Velvety reddish-pink flowers that look like small kangaroo paws bloom from late spring until fall on long, sturdy 2-3' stems.  The fans only flower once and need to be pruned out after the flowers have finished blooming.  To do this, cut the old leaves off as low as possible at the end of the blooming season.  Be careful you don't damge any new fans that are starting to sprout.


Pink Joey's flowers are attractive to hummingbirds and also make a long-lasting cut flower.


Plant in a sunny and open position in the garden in well drained soil.  Water regularly and, if necessary, fertilize lightly with an organic fertilizer in spring; as with many Australian plants, keep the phosphorus on the low side.  Plants are hardy to about 22-25°F. 


Anigozanthus 'Pink Joey' has been grown in California since the late 1980s.  It was originally collected in the wild in the Margaret River area in the south west region of Western Australia by the late Fred Meyer who introduced it to San Marcos Growers in Santa Barbara CA in 1988.

Pink Joey kangaroo paw Growing and Maintenance Tips

Keep the soil as dry as possible in winter to avoid fungal problems.

Anigozanthus 'Pink Joey' Characteristics


  • Salt Tolerant
  • Evergreen

Flower color

  • Red / Burgundy / Maroon
  • Pink

Foliage color

  • Green / Blue-green

Growth habit (plant shape)

  • Upright


  • Sunny all day - Coast
  • Morning sun
  • Sunny all day - Inland

Season of interest (flowering)

  • Summer

Season of interest (foliage)

  • Year round

Your soil type

  • Loam
  • Clay-loam
  • Clay
  • Sandy loam
  • Sand

Water requirements

  • None - Low

Critter resistance

  • Deer resistant

Wildlife appeal

  • Attracts hummingbirds

Suggested uses

  • Under CA native oaks
  • Median strip
  • Container
  • Meadow


  • Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania

Plants that work well with Anigozanthus 'Pink Joey'

White-variegated century plant White-variegated century plant (Agave americana 'Mediopicta Alba')
Parry's agave Parry's agave (Agave parryi)
Blue Haze spurge Blue Haze spurge (Euphorbia 'Blue Haze')
Twin Peaks Dwarf coyote brush Twin Peaks Dwarf coyote brush (Baccharis pilularis 'Twin Peaks II')
Tuxedo ceanothus Tuxedo ceanothus (Ceanothus 'Tuxedo')
Hidcote Superior English lavender Hidcote Superior English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote Superior')
Blue chalk sticks Blue chalk sticks (Senecio mandraliscae)
Apricot Sunrise hyssop Apricot Sunrise hyssop (Agastache 'Apricot Sunrise')
Shasta sulfur buckwheat Shasta sulfur buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum var. polyanthum 'Shasta Sulfur')
Purple-leaved bush aeonium Purple-leaved bush aeonium (Aeonium arboreum 'Atropurpureum')