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.)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
(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
Other useful links, such as local nurseries, flora and fauna information, can be found here.