Descriptions of Registered Cultivars
ORIGIN: Anigozanthos 'Autumn Mystery' is thought to be a hybrid of A. manglesii and A. flavidus. The originator of the cultivar was the late S. Haynes of Western Australia. The cultivar was first received by the Authority in October 1983. Registration applied for by Mr Oliver of Western Australia.
DESCRIPTION: The flowering stems are up to 1m tall with sparse stellate hairs towards the base, becoming woolly and plumose towards the flowers. The flowers are in simple terminal racemes, on pedicels to ca. 5mm long. The hairs are plumose and woolly, having red tips with yellow bases over the ovary changing to yellow tips with red bases toward the perianth lobes. The anthers are linear and more or less the same length as the filaments, the connective tipped with a gland like appendage. The ovules are numerous. The flowering season is the spring months.
DIAGNOSIS: The flowers of Anigozanthos 'Autumn Mystery' are longer than for A. flavidus but shorter than A. manglesii. They attain a similar shape and width to A. manglesii with a less prominent ovary than A. flavidus. The base of the perianth tube is red on the ovary but doesn't immediately become green above like A. manglesii. Instead, the hairs are mixed red with a greater portion of yellow green hairs the colour of those on A. flavidus. Anigozanthos 'Space Age' is a cultivar resulting from the same hybrid cross and has somewhat taller stature and indistinctly larger flowers than Anigoizanthos 'Autumn Mystery' (perianth tube ca. 60mm versus ca. 52mm). The flowers of Anigozanthos 'Space Age' are wholly deep red, but those of Anigozanthos 'Autumn Mystery' appear yellow to brown with touches of red.
CULTIVATION NOTES: This cultivar appears to be less palatable to snails than many Anigozanthos spp. and is less prone to Ink Disease. It is semi-hardy to drought and flowers in the spring. Anigozanthos 'Autumn Mystery' has been in cultivation since 1976. Propagation must be carried out by vegetative means to ensure retention of the cultivar features.
COLOUR CODE: RHS Colour Chart 1966
perianth tube at base: near yellow green group 144A with a covering of hairs close to red purple group 59A, becoming near yellow group 2B towards the lobes
inside perianth lobes: near yellow green group 144A
anthers: greyed orange group 163B
stems: yellow green group 144A
ACRA REFERENCES: ACC303, ACRA16, CBG8312955
ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION ON: 30 October 1987