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.)

Hover over the picture for more information.

Acacia mearnsii
Acacia mearnsii
Black Wattle
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Kevin Sparrow

A fast-growing tree (H 8-12m, W 8-12m) with dark green, feathery foliage.
Perfumed, pale yellow flowers in mid to late spring.
Prefers a sunny position in dry, well-drained soils.
Provides a food source for Sugar Gliders, butterfly caterpillars and insect- and seed-eating birds.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Gahnia filum
Gahnia filum
Chaffy Saw-sedge
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Lorraine Phelan

Tussock-forming, robust sedge (H 1m, W 1m) suitable for moist, inundated depressions or on lake or dam edges.
Long leaves with flower spike held above the leaves at the end of a long stem.
Food plant for a number of skipper butterflies.
A Koorie food plant.

Dichanthium sericeum
Dichanthium sericeum
Silky Blue-Grass
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)Russell Best

A tussock-forming grass (H 80cm, W 10-40cm) with blue-grey leaves and numerous silky flowerheads in summer to autumn.
Favours drier grasslands and dry, exposed valley slopes. Prefers an open position in dry, well-drained soil and self seeds readily. A great plant tor colonising bare ground. Suitable for rockeries.
Most effective when planted in groups. One of the most ornamental of the native grasses.

Dianella amoena
Dianella amoena
Matted Flax-Lily
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Annemaree Docking

(H 20—30cm W 30cm, spreading) Clusters of blue flowers held on stems above the foliage in late spring and summer, followed by blue berries.
Forms a dense cluster of blue- green, strap-like leaves with tiny ‘teeth’ along the edges.
A rare plant, tolerant of heavy basalt or sedimentary soils. Suitable for a sunny or semi- shaded aspect.

Monthly Meeting

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

No Monthly Meeting in January

The first Monthly Meeting in 2019 will be held on
February 1st, 2019

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.)

Upcoming Guest Speakers at our monthly meeting in 2019:

January :No monthly meeting.
February 1st:
March 1st:
April 5th:
May 3rd:
June 7th:
July 5th:
August 2nd:
September 6th:
October 4th:
November 1st:
December 6th:

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.



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!

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
- Small Eucalypts for the Garden.

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

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