Welcome to the Keilor Plains Native Plants Group

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.)

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Dillwynia cinerascens
Dillwynia cinerascens
Grey Parrot-Pea
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Cathy Powers

A small shrub (H 60cm) with small, fine, grey-green leaves. Showy terminal clusters of orange pea flowers in spring. Found in grasslands and woodlands. Prefers a sheltered position in dry, gravelly, well-drained soils, in full sun or semi-shade. Prune after flowering to encourage denser growth habit. A very attractive species suitable for growing in rockeries or under trees.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Coronidium aff. rutidolepis
Coronidium aff. rutidolepis
Pale Swamp Everlastin
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) James Booth

An attractive everlasting daisy (H 40cm, W patches to 1m) with pale-yellow, button-like flowerheads mostly from late spring to summer. Soft grey-green leaves.
It suckers freely, often forming (extensive carpets in drainage lines, gilgals and swamp margins.
Prefers an open, sunny position in moist, poorly drained soils.

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Austrostipa bigeniculata
Tall, Kneed or Plains Spear-Grass
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

A tall, slender tussock grass (H 20cm, stems to 1.2m) with narrow rigid leaves and large, open flowerheads in late spring and summer.
Suitable for most well-drained soils in an open position.

Rubus parvifolius
Rubus parvifolius
Native Raspberry or Small-Leaf Bramble
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Russell Best

A plant (H 50cm—2m, W 50cm—1m) that can be trained as a low climber, it has a scrambling habit and thorny stems with small, red, raspberry-like fruits in summer and autumn. The fruits are edible but do not generally have a lot of flavour.
The plant is hardy and grows well in full sun to dappled shade. Will withstand dry periods but fruiting will suffer.
It responds well to native plant fertiliser. Pruning will encourage more of the small pink flowers and fruit and produce a better form.

Monthly Meeting

Visitors are welcome to attend our meeting. Further information can be obtained by contacting our secretary.

June Monthly Meeting

will be held on
June 1st, 2018, at 7.50pm.

Guest speaker: Noushka Reiter

Topic: "Native Orchids"

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.)

Dr Noushka Reiter manages the Orchid Conservation at the Royal Botanic Garden Cranbourne. Her work particularly focuses on the ecology of terrestrial orchids. She is fascinated by the role of mycorrhiza and the ingenious ways orchids have of intertwining themselves with other species. Together with her colleague she has seen over 20 orchid species, including the Sunshine Diuris, successfully reintroduced to the wild.
In 2017, she appeared in ABC TV Gardening Australia episode "My Garden Path". Here is the link to that episode:

Upcoming Guest Speakers at our monthly meeting in 2018:

July 6th:Annual General Meeting. Helen Suter: "Soils"
August 3rd:Emmaline Bowman: "Garden Design Using Native Plants".
September 7th :
October 5th:Spring Plant Table, No Guest Speaker.
November 2nd:
December 7th:No Guest Speaker.

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.

One of the threatened orchids


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Flowers from May 2018 plant table



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 "Growing Australian" magazine.
  • Free Native plant seeds.
  • Native flora for sale at the monthly meeting.
  • Access to APS VIC Book Sale.

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!

For enquiries about large orders, please contact
book order


We can also be found in Facebook and MeetUp.

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
- Fungi Down Under On-Line
- Small Eucalypts for the Garden.

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

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