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Q.difference between kangaroo paw and iris

Zone 2540 | Anonymous added on October 27, 2020 | Answered

My garden was planted with irises which I have attempted to remove and replace with kangaroo paws. There are new sprouts appearing but I am not sure whether they are remnants of irises or new kangaroo paws. Is the an easy way to tell the difference?

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Answered on October 28, 2020

After reviewing photos and articles about kangaroo paws, here are the differences I noticed between the two:

Kangaroo paws grow from seed and form a dense clump of grasslike to swordlike foliage. It spreads through underground rhizomes.

The most common Iris grows from a rhizome and the rhizome should be visible above ground if planted correctly. New shoots come out of the rhizome.

The foliage is similar but not the growth habit. The kangaroo paws grow in clumps and arch outward. If you look closely at the iris "clump" they are just several rhizomes that have multiplied and the rhizomes are very visible.

I hope that helps. Of course you will know when they bloom!


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