Welcome to the Keilor Plains Native Plants Group


On November 16th, our member, Chris Clarke was a presenter at a “Nature Stewards” course at Melton on
"Flora of the Western Plains".

Check out Chris' beautiful and informative presentation (in PDF format) here.

Monthly Meeting

The Group meets on the first Friday of the month, except January.
At the meeting, an informative topic will be presented by a guest speaker, a plant table will display native flowers grown by members and native plants for sale.
Visitors are most welcome to attend our meeting.
Further information can be obtained by contacting our secretary.

Monthly Meeting

No Meeting in January

The first monthly meeting will be in February 2020

Date: February 7th, 2020, at 8PM.

Venue: Main Hall, Raleigh Road Activity Centre (ex RSL Club)
Address: 54 Raleigh Road, Maribyrnong Vic 3032
Melway Map 28 Ref B8
GPS Coordinate: -37.76900,144.89470

(The reference map can be found here.)

News and Events


For information on upcoming events (District Group Plant Sale, Seminar and other events), this link will take you to Event Calendar in APS-Victoria Web site.

Upcoming Guest Speakers at our monthly meeting in 2020:

January:No Monthly Meeting.

Selection of Plants from the book 'Plants of Melbourne's Western Plains - A Gardener's Guide to the Original Flora'
(tree/shrub, aquatic plant, grass and wildflower/low shrub)
(Photos from NatureShare.)

Hover over the picture for more information.

Melicytus dentatus formerly Hymenanthera dentata
Melicytus dentatus formerly Hymenanthera dentata
Melicytus dentatus formerly Hymenanthera dentata
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

A rigid, rounded shrub (H 2-3m) with many spines and small leaves. Bears tiny, fragrant, yellow, bell-shaped flowers in spring, followed by cream to purple berries in summer. The berries are an important food source for Cunningham’s Skinks. A very hardy, slow-growing shrub for most situations. Responds well to pruning and is frost and drought tolerant. Found in a variety of situations from sheltered riparian zones to exposed rocky escarpments. Useful for hedges, screening and wildlife habitat. Plant away from paths because of its spines. There are two forms in the region, which may be separated into distinct species.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Phragmites australis
Phragmites australis
Phragmites australis
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

Tall reed (H 2-3m) with upright flowering stems to 3m tall and leaves to 0.8m long on the stems.
Very common plant of ephemeral waterways, lake edges, or depressions with poor drainage and regular inundation. Can spread vigorously, forming dense thickets. Probably best suited to the re-creation or revegetation of large ecosystems, or for providing dense habitat for waterbirds and frogs. Tolerates some salinity.

Lomandra filiformis ssp. Coriacea
Lomandra filiformis ssp. Coriacea
Dwarf Mat-Rush
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

A small, clumping plant (H 30cm, W Spreading), with narrow, bright green leaves, 2-5mm wide. Suckers readily. Slow-growing but very drought tolerant. A very common component of grasslands in the west. There are separate male and female plants.

Brunonia australis
Brunonia australis
Blue Pincushion
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

A plant (H 20—30cm W 15cm) with a rosette of silky leaves and striking blue pincushion-shaped flowers.
Prefers an open position in sun or semi-shade. Sedimentary soils are preferred. It does not tolerate heavy basalt soils or poor drainage.
Suckers, often forming drifts. Ideal for containers, but often short lived in cultivation.


Come and join us to learn and share the knowledge of the local indigenous flora of Keilor Plains and Australian Flora in general. More information can be found in Membership Info page.

Benefits to member:
  • Organized trips to Native flora reserves and garden.
    • A day trip on Saturday every second month.
    • A week-end trip to visit an area in Victoria in Spring (September or October).
    • A four-day trip to the Alpine areas in Summer (end of January) every second year.
  • Quarterly Newsletter and APS Victoria "Growing Australian" magazine.
  • Free Native plant seeds.
  • Native flora for sale at the monthly meeting.
  • Access to APS Victoria Book Sale.
  • Optional subscription to ANPSA "Australian Plants" magazine.

About Us

We are one of the district groups of Australian Plants Society Victoria (APSVIC), which is a Member Society of Australian Native Plants Society (Australia) (ANPSA).
Our members live in the Western Plains of Melbourne and surrounding area. For more information about the group, go to About Us page.

In 2012, we published the second edition of the book 'Plants of Melbourne's Western Plains - A Gardener's Guide to the Original Flora'

Now available from local
indigenous nurseries and bookshops!, also at our monthly meeting.

For enquiries about large orders, please contact
book order


We can also be found in Facebook and Instagram.

NatureShare is an information sharing website which collects observations of remnant and self-sustaining flora/fauna in Victoria (but not plants in revegetation areas, garden plants or pets).
We are one of the groups that supported the creation of this website, and our members regularly contribute to its observation database.


Plant Info/Guide


A list of useful informations in APS VIC Plant Info page:
(Click this link to go to the webpage.)

- Growing Australian Native Plants
- Garden Design
- Protect Your Plants from Frost Damage
- Pruning Australian Native Plants
- Best Time to Plant Australian Natives
- How to Select the Right Plant
- Australian Native Plants Guide
- Fire Resistant and Retardant Plants
- Drought Tolerant Native Plants
- Soil Types in Victoria
- Rejuvenating an Old Garden
- Low Water Usage Gardening
- Gardens Featuring Australian Plants

A list of useful informations in ANPSA Plant Guides pages.
(Click this link to go to the website.)

- Common Genera & Families
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Plant Propagation
- Native Plant Nurseries
- Seed Suppliers
- Where to see Australian Plants
- Plant Name Changes
- Plants at Risk
- Plants for Fire Risk Areas
- Native & Exotic Weeds
- Articles on Australian Plants

Useful Links

Some Useful links to identify Native Flora:
- Vic Flora On-Line
- KeyBase of Flowering plants of Australia
- Wattle On-Line
- Small Eucalypts for the Garden.

Other useful links, such as local nurseries, flora and fauna information, can be found here.