Welcome to the Keilor Plains Native Plants Group

Western Plains Grasslands Flora.

Eryngium ovinum
convolvulus angustissimus
Blushing Bindweed
Bulbine Lily
xerochrysum viscosum
Sticky everlasting
Brunonia australis
Blue pincushion
Arthropodium strictum
Chocolate lily
Common Billy button
chrysocephalum apiculatum
Common Everlasting

More photos of Western Plains Grasslands Flora can be found in NatureShare Collections, click here.

Due to coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, we regretfully have to cancel all the group activities, (i.e. Monthly Meetings, Day Trips) in line with the State and Federal Government directives. For the latest update from Victorian Government, click here.
In the meantime, Monthly Meeting will be conducted on Zoom, and members can keep in touch by email or phone call, and connect/share on Facebook and Instagram:
On website: APS Keilor Plains Facebook, APS Keilor Plains Instagram and APS Victoria Facebook

Monthly Meeting

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

November Monthly Meeting
Due to Victorian State Government restriction,the Monthly Meeting is cancelled.
As an alternative, A Zoom Meeting will be organized on November 6th, 2020, starting at 7:30PM.

Annual General Meeting
Speaker: Neil Duncan
Subject:"South-West WA Flora"

Upcoming Guest Speakers at our monthly meeting in 2020:

December 4th:Christmas Break-up

Plant Sale

Neil Duncan is a member of APS Keilor Plains Group who grows a lot of interesting and unusual Australian plants for the garden.
You can order some of the plants on this October 2020 list.
Just e-mail Neil and you can pick up plants or he can drop an order to you. Some are in short supply.
Email your order to neilduncan61@gmail.com . “

Our 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

News and Events

For Smart Phone Users
Links to Facebook apps:
APS Keilor Plains (@apskp):
APS Victoria (@apsvic):

Links to Instagram Apps:
APS Keilor Plains (@apskeilorplains)


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.


On November 16th, 2019, our member, Chris Clarke presented "Flora of the Western Plains" at a “Nature Stewards” course at Melton.

Check out Chris' beautiful and informative presentation (in PDF format) here.

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.

Eucalyptus pauciflora
Snow Gum
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

A very attractive, small tree (H 8-12m, W 6-10m) with beautiful white to cream trunk and a rounded branching growth habit. Thick, shiny, bright green leaves, and clusters of white to cream flowers in spring and early summer. Scattered throughout the Macedon Ranges and the Upper Maribyrnong Catchment, it adapts readily to most soils. An excellent tree for most gardens.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Carex gaudichaudiana
Carex gaudichaudiana
Tufted Sedge
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

Grows in scattered clumps (H 30cm-80cm, W 1m), occasionally forming dense swards. Prefers moist soils in riparian zones. The blue-green foliage is taller than flower spikes.
Tolerates full sun or semi-shade. Does not set viable seed; propagate by division.

Rytidosperma setaceum
Rytidosperma setaceum
(formerly Austrodanthonia setacea)

Bristly Wallaby-Grass
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

(H 30-40cm, stems to 60cm) Fine foliage and small seedheads on erect stems. Very common in grasslands. Can be direct seeded using seed or thatch. An essential component of any wildflower garden.

Arthropodium strictum
Arthropodium strictum
Chocolate Lily
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

An erect perennial lily (H 60cm) with purple to mauve flowers, mostly in spring, and a distinctive chocolate scent.
Prefers moist, well-drained soils with a sun fly or semi-shaded aspect.
Plants respond well to periodic watering that can extend flowering into early summer. In dry summers, plants die back to tubers before reshooting in autumn. May self seed in the garden. Susceptible to slug and snail damage.
Effective when planted in groups. Ideal for containers. Once common and abundant in most vegetation communities On the Keilor-Werribee Plains. The tubers are edible, roasted or raw.


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 Instagram.

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 2019, the observations in NatureShare were moved to iNaturalistAU. NatureShare website becomes an archive of the NatureShare collections.


Plant Info/Guide

A list of useful informations in APS VIC Plant Info page: (eg. Growing Australian Plants, Garden Design, etc.)
(Click this link to go to the webpage.)


a list of useful informations in ANPSA Plant Guides pages.
(Click this link to go to the website.)

- 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.
- Australian Peas
Other useful links, such as local nurseries, flora and fauna information, can be found here.