Welcome to the Keilor Plains Native Plants Group

Monthly Meeting

The Group meets on the first Friday of the month, except January.
At the meeting, an informative topic will be presented by a guest speaker, a plant table will display native flowers grown by members and native plants for sale.
Visitors are most welcome to attend our meeting.
Further information can be obtained by contacting our secretary.

June Monthly Meeting

"Gardens for Wildlife"

by Guest Speaker

Irene Kelly and Laura Mumaw

Date: June 7th, 2019, 8PM

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.)

Irene Kelly is cofounder of the Knox program and Laura Mumaw is the Project facilitator for Gardens for Wildlife Victoria.

News and Events


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.

Upcoming Guest Speakers at our monthly meeting in 2019:

July 5th:
August 2nd:
September 6th:
October 4th:
November 1st:
December 6th:

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.

Melaleuca lanceolata
Melaleuca lanceolata
Melaleuca lanceolata
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

A large shrub (H 3-6m, W 4-6m) that occurs naturally on sedimentary soils or in coastal areas. The variation in size will depend on site conditions. Dense foliage to ground level, with cream flower spikes in summer. It is tolerant of a wide variety of situations, suitable for dry sedimentary soils or wet saline soils.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Samolus repens
Samolus repens
Samolus repens
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

A creeping plant (H 15cm, W 40cm) that can form a lush mat that is metres wide. White flowers on upright stems sit above the mat, mostly in summer.
Occurs in moist, inundated depressions or on lake edges.
Excellent plant for a water feature or other feature that undergoes occasional inundation with water. Tolerates considerable salinity.

Microlaena stipoides
Microlaena stipoides
Weeping Grass
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

A slender perennial (H Semi-prostrate, stems arching to 50cm, W Spreading), semi-prostrate grass with drooping flowerheads. Prefers a sheltered position in moist, well-drained soil.
A suitable lawn substitute that is capable of colonising large areas fairly quickly.

Pimelea curviflora var. 1
Pimelea curviflora var. 1
Curved Rice-Flower
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

A shrub (H 40cm W 40cm) with small, dull grey- green leaves. Numerous stems with clusters of small yellow flowers, occasionally orange, in spring and summer.
Prefers well-drained soils in either a sunny or semi-shaded aspect. Very hardy. Suitable for rockeries or containers. Can form dense clumps.


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.


Plant Info/Guide


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
- Small Eucalypts for the Garden.

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

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