Welcome to the Keilor Plains Native Plants Group
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, but we welcome anyone interested in local Australian indigenous flora (and Australian native flora in general) to come to our monthly meeting, or to become a member. For more information about the group, go to About Us page.
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.
In 2012, we published second edition of the book 'Plants of Melbourne's Western Plains - A Gardener's Guide to the Original Flora'
Plants from Melbourne's Western Plains (tree/shrub, aquatic plant, grass and wildflower/low shrub)
(Photos from NatureShare.)
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Native or White Elderberry
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Thomas N.
A herbaceous shrub (height 2m, width 2m) that sends up annual shoots in spring. Bears head of white, fragrant flowers in late spring before developing white, edible berries in summer. The pinnate leaves are large and composed of numerous rich green leaflets.
Prefers moist, shady position with well-drained soil.
Slender Mint or Wild Mint
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Giorgio De Nola
A small, suckering groundcover (H 10—30cm, W 50cm—1m) with aromatic foliage and numerous white flowers in spring and summer.
Prefers moist soils in sun or semi-shade. Tolerates inundation, and will form a dense mat. Not as vigorous as other mints.
It is suitable for planting beside ponds or along pathways. May also be used for culinary purposes.
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Chris Lindorff
A highly ornamental tussock grass (H 50-80cm, stems to 1m, W 1m) with numerous soft, wispy, buff-purplish open plumes. Flowers mostly in spring and early summer.
Prefers an open position in sun or semi-shade, in dry, well-drained soils. Suitable for rockeries or planting under eucalypts. Effective planted in groups. Allow sufficient space for the grass to display its feathery seedheads unhindered by other plants.
Occurs naturally in Escarpment Shrublands and in Yellow Gum and Grey Box Woodlands.
Austral Stork's Bill
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Chris Clarke
A fast-growing, perennial plant (H 50cm W 30—60cm). Clusters of showy, pink flowers in spring and summer. The round leaves are velvety and aromatic. May self seed.
Prefers well-drained soils in sun or semi-shade. Ideal for most situations, especially suitable for use in rockeries.