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Plant of the Month
October 2023


Anigozanthos preissii Endl.


Anigozanthos preissii (Albany Catspaw) is a perennial herb with strappy, grey-green leaves growing to about 30–40 cm high, with flower stems covered in reddish hairs and about 80 cm tall. The showy flowers are red, orange and yellow; the floral tube is split about two-thirds of its length, giving the flower a fan-like appearance. Flowers are produced in spring from October to November, flowering best after fire.

Albany Catspaw is endemic to WA, occurring between Mount Barker, Walpole, Albany and Two Peoples Bay, where it grows in grey sand on granite slopes in Eucalyptus/Casuarina low open woodland.

Photo: R. Davis

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