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.

Pultenaea daphnoides
Pultenaea daphnoides
Large-leaf Bush Pea
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Chris Clarke

A fast-growing, erect, branching shrub (H 1.5-2m W 1-1.5m), with dark green, wedge-shaped leaves. Terminal clusters of bright yellow and red pea flowers in spring. A hardy shrub that will adapt to most soil types but does not tolerate poor drainage. Prefers a semi-shaded aspect. Prune to develop more compact growth habit. Ideal for planting under trees.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Calotis anthemoides
Calotis anthemoides
Cut-Leaved Burr-Daisy
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Russell Best

A pretty daisy (H 20cm, W spreading) with divided leaves and a spreading habit. White flowers in spring.
In its natural habitat occurs on poorly drained soils or depressions prone to waterlogging.
A good ground covering plant when mass planted.

Bothriochloa macra
Bothriochloa macra
Red-leg Grass
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) John Edwards

A tufting grass (H 30-50cm, stems to 50cm) with reddish stems and racemes of narrow flowerheads, mostly in summer and autumn.
Requires well-drained, basalt soils in full sun or semi-shade. A summer-growing species that responds well to summer moisture. Dormant in winter.
Suitable for native grass lawns.

Brachyscome multifida
Brachyscome multifida
Cut-leaf Daisy
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) abcd

A perennial woodland species (H 20cm W 50cm+) with a compact growth habit. Pretty lilac daisy flowers with yellow centres throughout the year, especially spring.
Occurs naturally on sedimentary soils in higher rainfall zones. Adapts to most soils in cultivation. Prefers a sunny or semi-shaded position in well-drained soils. Suckers. Rejuvenated by severe pruning.
Suitable for rockeries, containers and hanging baskets. Very attractive when planted with grey-foliaged species such as Chrysocephalum apiculatum and Calocephalus citreus.

Monthly Meeting

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

November Monthly Meeting

will be held on
November 2nd, 2018, at 7.50pm.

Guest speaker: A/Prof. Nick Williams
(University of Melbourne)

Topic: "New heights for natives; the benefits of using Australian plants on green roofs"

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.)

Associate Professor Nick Williams is a plant ecologist based in the Burnley Campus, University of Melbourne.
He has been involved in a lot of studies in the area of using flora species from rock outcrops, native grasslands and annual communities in green roofs and facades of buildings, to mitigate the effect of climate change in urban areas.
He has studied how urbanisation influence plant traits, grassland restoration and conservation, and the effect of weed (eg. hawkweeds, willows) invasions.

Upcoming Guest Speakers at our monthly meeting in 2018:

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.




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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