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.

Trees/Shrubs
Malva preissiana
Malva preissiana
Australian Hollyhock
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)
Russell Best

A fast-growing, upright shrub (H 1.5m, W 1m) with attractive, large flowers varying in colour from pink, white or lilac. Flowers in early spring and summer.
Prune after flowering to maintain a bushy habit. Often short lived.
Best grown in a sunny or semi-shaded position with some summer moisture.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Mimulus repens
Mimulus repens
Synonym: thyridia repens
Creeping Monkey-flower
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)
Kevin Sparrow

A prostrate plant (H 10cm, W 50cm) with small, pink to violet flowers from spring to autumn.
A good water feature plant. It requires water around the root system and can tolerate inundation for periods of time.
It will not tolerate drought.

Grasses/Tussocks
Austrostipa scabra
Austrostipa scabra
Rough or Slender Spear-Grass
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)
Giorgio De Nola

An erect, fine-leaved, tussock-forming grass (H 25cm, stems 30—60cm) with numerous soft, silky flowerheads in spring and early summer.
Prefers a sunny position in well-drained, basalt or sedimentary soils. Common on dry valley slopes. Very drought tolerant. Best planted in groups. May self seed.
Similar species: Austrostipa semibarbata and A. rudis.

Wildflowers/Climbers
Dianella admixta
Dianella admixta
Maroon-Anther Flax-Lily or Spreading Flax-Lily
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)
Linda Richmond

(H 40cm, stems to 1m, W 5cm, spreading) Clusters of blue flowers held on stems above the foliage, followed by blue berries.
Forms a dense tuft of blue- green, strap-like leaves.
Tolerates heavy basalt or sedimentary soils. Suitable for a sunny or semi-shaded aspect.
Plants sucker and can cover a large area over time.




Monthly Meeting

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


December Monthly Meeting

will be held on
December 1st, 2017, at 7.50pm.

"Quiz"
(John Upsher, Quizmaster)
and
"APSVIC Book Sales"


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.)

Quiz and APS VIC Book sale.



Upcoming Guest Speakers at our monthly meeting in 2018:

JanuaryNo Monthly Meeting.
February to December:

News and Events


EVENT CALENDAR from APS Victoria


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.



News and Events from Keilor Plains Group


2017

December 1st:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
BBQ, APSVIC Book Sale and "Quiz"
November 3rd:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
"Spring Plant Table"
October 12th - 15th: 4-days Weekend-Trip to Portland.
October 6th:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: Rhys Freeman
Topic: “Bush Food Plants”
September 1st:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: Kevin Sparrow
Topic: “Plants of the Great South West”
August 4th:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: Phil Vaughan
Topic: “Growing Australian Plants”
July 7th:
APS Keilor Plains Annual General Meeting, followed by
Guest Speaker: Nicky Zanen
Topic: “TBA”
June 2nd:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: Sally Lambourne
Topic: “Environmental Weeds in S.E. Australia”
May 5th:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker:Greg Moore
Topic: “Strategic tree selection for climate change”
April 7th:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
"Australian Native Plants Auction"
March 3rd:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker; Trevor Blake
Topic: “Botanising Trip to the Tanami Desert”
February 3rd:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker; Royce Raleigh
Topic: "Lesser Known Plants for the Garden"

2016

December 2nd:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Members' Short Presentation
November 4:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: Dean Nicolle from Currency Creek Arboretum
Topic: "Eucalypts"
October 15:
APS Keilor Plains Saturday Trip to Brisbane Ranges. Meet at Maddingley Park, Bacchus Marsh at 10 AM.
October 7:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Topic: "Spring Plant Table"
September 9:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Topic: "Wilds of Westernport Bay"
August 5:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: Chris Nicholson from Royal Park.
Topic: "The Native Garden - Royal Park"
July 9:
APS Keilor Plains Day Trip to Dandenong Ranges area.
July 1:
Result from AGM:
Chris Clarke is the new president of the group, and Yvonne Bischofberger the new Vice President.
July 1:
APS Keilor Plains Annual General Meeting, followed by presentation from Yvonne Bischofberger: "Newell's Paddock Urban Nature Reserve"
June 3:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: Louise Pelle from Rushworth
Topic: "Garden Design with Indigenous Plants"
Apr 29:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: A B Bishop from Bends of Islands
Topic: "Australian Native Garden - A Practical Guide"
Apr 1:
Australian Native Plants Auction
Mar 4:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Speaker: Jason Caruso and Neil Duncan.
Topic: "Growing Australian plants in Containers"
Feb 5:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: Dean Ingwersen from Birdlife Australia
Topic: "Relationship between Specific Plants and Birds"
Jan 22 - 26:
APS Keilor Plains Alpine trip to Mt Baw Baw.

plant table
Flowers from Spring Plant Table - November 2017


Membership

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 "Growing Australian" magazine.
  • Free Native plant seeds.
  • Native flora for sale at the monthly meeting.
  • Access to APS VIC Book Sale.

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'

Book
Now available from local
indigenous nurseries and bookshops!

For enquiries about large orders, please contact
book order


More....

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.

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Plant Info/Guide

(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

Useful Links

Some Useful links to identify Native Flora:
- Vic Flora On-Line
- KeyBase of Flowering plants of Australia
- Wattle On-Line
- Fungi Down Under 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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