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

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Hon Reece Whitby MLA, Minister for Environment; Climate Action (WA), Media Release, 9 March 2022

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.

Blue Kangaroo Paw
New Blue Kangaroo Paw, ‘Masquerade’ created by the Kings Park plant breeding team. Photo: BGPA

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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