Pictured above is the Kangaroo AKA Cat's Paw plant. It originates from Western Australia and his drought tolerant. It stores water in its root (rhizome system). I spotted these when we were at Island View Nursery in Carpinteria yesterday morning.
Here is a fascinating description of the plant's habits on the way they make sure to keep the competition at bay from the Spruce .
"As with all flowers, the kangaroo paw plant has developed its procreative anatomical structure to sound the siren to specific pollinators; in this case, honey-eater birds.
In spite of the similar appearance of the different kangaroo species, each flower species cleverly deposits its pollen on a different part of the visiting bird’s head, ensuring that the precious genetic material won’t get wasted on a competing kangaroo paw species."