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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Eucalyptus baueriana ssp. thalassina
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Giordio De Nola
A large eucalypt (H 25m, W 15—20m) with attractive, rounded leaves and clusters of white flowers in profusion in spring and summer.
The Western Plains form of this plant has recently been recognised as a new subspecies that differs from plants east of Melbourne.
Care must be taken to ensure plants of the correct provenance are planted in the western district.
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Maree Goods
A slender daisy (H 50cm) with erect stems. Narrow, light-green leaves and white daisy flowers in spring and summer.
Prefers a sunny situation in moist soils and is ideal for bog gardens, where it forms drifts and will flower prolifically. Suckers easily. Not suitable for permanently dry soils.
Once common in gilgals, drainage lines and swamp margins.
Lomandra filiformis ssp. filiformis
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Russell Best
Forms a very attractive clump (H 30cm, W 30cm) of fine, blue-green leaves, 0.5—1.5mm wide, with numerous stalks of yellow flowers emanating from the base of the plant in spring.
Slow-growing, and will sucker. Suitable for well-drained soils in full sun or semi-shade. Ideal for rockeries or containers. Very hardy. There are separate male and female plants.
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Bill Strong
A slender daisy (H 30cm, W 30cm) with numerous white flowers with yellow centres, mostly in spring but occasionally throughout the year.
Prefers moist, well-drained soils in full sun or semi-shade. Summer moisture will extend flowering. Ideal for rockeries or pots. May self seed in gardens.
Once common in gilgals on grasslands, often in clusters of 100 plants or more.
News and Events
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.
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.
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
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.
(APS VIC and ANPSA)
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
Other useful links, such as local nurseries, flora and fauna information, can be found here.