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Anigozanthos 'Bush Emerald'

ORIGIN: Anigozanthos 'Bush Emerald' is a result of a cross between A. viridis and A. manglesii. The cross was made by the late M.Turner of Monbulk, Victoria. The cultivar was first received by the Authority in March 1987. Registration applied for by Biotech Plants Pty Ltd, Somersby, NSW.

 DESCRIPTION: This cultivar grows 60-85 cm tall (flower spike) by up to 30 cms across. The leaves are from 25-30 cm long and have a slight glaucous appearance. The leaf margins have scattered white plumose hairs. The flowers are bright green on the perianth and bright red on the ovary caused by brightly coloured plumose hairs. The colours fade as the flower ages. Red and white plumose hairs continue on the pedicel and the main stem, gradually diminishing below the bottom flower until becoming fairly scattered. The flowers are tubular and up to 7 cm long in a terminal raceme on an unbranched inflorescence. The flowering season is late winter and spring.



A. viridis

A. 'Bush Emerald'

A. manglesii


Up to 50 cm

 Up to 85 cm

Up to 100 cm


 Up to 50 cm

Up to 30 cm

Up to 100 cm


 30 cm

35 cm

30 - 50 cm 


Flat to cylindrical, smooth; not glaucous

Scattered hairs; slightly glaucous

Smooth; glaucous

Flower stem

Up to 50 cm; smooth to green woolly hairs at top; mainly unbranched - sometimes bended near top.

Up to 85 cm; woolly hairs near flower raceme; unbranched

Up to 100 cm; red woolly hairs; unbranched


Tubular to 8 cm long; dense hairs; lobes strongly recurved; green; anthers as long as filaments

Tubular to 7 cm long; dense hairs; lobes strongly recurved; green and red; anthers longer than filaments

Tubular to 8 cm long; dense hairs; lobes strongly recurved; green and red; anther longer than filaments


The flower colour of the cultivar strongly resembles that of A. manglesii.

CULTIVATION NOTES: This cultivar was first introduced in 1986. Early trials showed a superior resistance to fungal leaf spot when compared to both the parents. The rhizome growth is also superior to either parent. It is drought hardy and shows moderate frost resistance. The cultivar must be grown by vegetative means to preserve the cultivar form. It is a very useful container plant and has bird attracting qualities.

PREVIOUS PUBLICATION: Anigozanthos 'Bush Emerald' has been part of an extensive advertising campaign and the name has been published in many journals and magazines.


plumose hairs along stems and base of perianth tube: Greyed-purple group 187C

perianth hairs: Green group 135B

anthers: Green group 144B

ACRA REFERENCES: ACC396, ACRA453/320, CBG8910945/8804447.