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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Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) David Francis
An upright shrub (H 1-2m, W 1-2m), with small, narrow, crowded, dark green leaves. Bears masses of small, white to pale-pink flowers in late spring. The reddish-brown calyx at the back of the flower persists after flowering and is an ornamental characteristic of this species. The leaves have a spicy lemon scent when crushed. Restricted on the plains to flood-prone riparian zones along Jacksons Creek. Prefers well-drained soils in full sun or semi-shade. Frost resistant and very hardy. Suitable for use as a cut flower.
Common Sedge, Poong'ort or Basket Sedge
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Kevin Sparrow
A tall sedge (H 1-1.5m, W 1m) that forms a stiff, erect clump of cylindrical stems. Brown terminal flower spikes mostly in spring.
Prefers poorly drained, permanently wet soils but will tolerate extended dry periods. Important to creek edges and swamp margins in the west.
Prefers full sun or part shade.
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.
Magenta Stork's Bill
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Andrew Brown
A small perennial (H 10—30cm W 30—50cm) with a rosette of lobed leaves and stunning magenta flowers in late spring, summer and autumn if watered.
Prefers well-drained soils in a sunny or lightly shaded situation. Ideal for rockeries or container cultivation.
An extremely attractive plant but hard to propagate and maintain.
News and Events
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 "Growing Australian" magazine.
- Free Native plant seeds.
- Native flora for sale at the monthly meeting.
- Access to APS VIC Book Sale.
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.
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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
Other useful links, such as local nurseries, flora and fauna information, can be found here.