The kangaroo paw is definitely an Australian peculiarity. You can find giant stalks waving their colourful heads out of boggy patches in Western Australia. But the soft velvet flowers tell the true story of their arid heritage. The furry coating is a protection against moisture loss.Â The way the fan-like shape of the flower heads open their little paws is utterly enchanting. Nowadays, masses of them are cultivated to be shipped around the world.