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)
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A fast-growing, upright or spreading shrub or small tree (H 4-6m, W 3-5m). Long narrow leaves. Clusters of pale yellow ball flowers in summer, flowering intermittently at other times. Occurs naturally in sheltered riparian zones. Generally limited to the drier parts of the catchment. It will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, in either full sun or semi-shade. May be short lived in cultivation, up to 10 years.
20 - A delightful plant (H 20—50cm, W 50—90cm) with silvery- green foliage and numerous large, yellow, ball-like flowerheads.
Prefers moist soils and tolerates periodic inundation. Full sun preferred. Best when mass planted.
It was once a common plant found along swamp margins but it is now extremely rare on the Western Plains.
Low, tussock-forming grass (H 30cm, stems to 1m W 40cm) with a tall stem and flowers with unusual, and striking, orange-red anthers in late spring or early summer.
Useful as an occasional plant in a rockery or mass-planting as the structural backbone in a wildflower garden of Wahlenbergia stricta, Xerochrysum viscosum and other erect wildflowers.
Bright yellow everlasting daisies (H 50cm W 60cm) contrast with the grey, woolly foliage to make a very attractive plant.
Prefers a rockery situation in sun or dappled shade. Not recorded on the Keilor Werribee plains for 140 years so possibly locally extinct. A different variety (var. tricolor) with white flowers is sold by some nurseries but this plant has not been recorded on the Keilor-Werribee Plains (it occurs on the plains in western Victoria).
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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'
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.
A list of useful informations in APS VIC Plant Info page:
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- 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.
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- 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
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.
- Australian Peas
Other useful links, such as local nurseries, flora and fauna information, can be found here.