Welcome to the Keilor Plains Native Plants Group

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.

August Monthly Meeting

Topic: "TBA"

by Guest Speaker
Trevor Blake

Date: August 2nd, 2019, 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.

Members Week-end Trip
September 13th - 15th
North East Victoria
For information, contact treasurer.

Upcoming Guest Speakers at our monthly meeting in 2019:

September 6th:
October 4th:
November 1st:
December 6th:

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 melanoxylon
Acacia melanoxylon
Acacia melanoxylon
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

Fast-growing (H 5-15m, W 3-10m) with dark green leaves and clusters of creamy yellow flowers in late winter and early spring. Prefers moist, well-drained soils in a sheltered position. Tolerates periodic inundation. Ideal screen or windbreak in higher rainfall zones. Growth is often stunted in exposed situations.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Xerochrysum palustre
Xerochrysum palustre
Xerochrysum palustre
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

Pretty everlasting daisy (H 30cm-1m) with one flower on a single upright stem. Showy bracts on the flowers are golden yellow above and golden-brown below.
Grows in swampy conditions. Mass planting produces a great effect, which is how it is seen in its natural habitat. Rare in the wild because of habitat depletion (lowland swamps on black, cracking clay).

Rytidosperma caespitosum<br> (formerly Austrodanthonia caespitosa)
Rytidosperma caespitosum
(formerly Austrodanthonia caespitosa)

Common Wallaby Grass
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

Forms a small dense tussock (H 20-40cm, stems to 75cm) with green or blue-green foliage. Fluffy, buff-coloured flowerheads in spring and summer.
Prefers well-drained soils in full sun or light shade. Summer moisture will extend flowering.

Senecio macrocarpus
Senecio macrocarpus
Large-Headed Groundsel
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

An erect perennial herb (H 30cm W 50cm ) with grey, narrow leaves and yellow, rayless flowers in spring and early summer.
Requires well-drained basalt soils and a sunny aspect.
Endangered in Victoria and Australia.


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.

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