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.)

Hover over the picture for more information.

Senna artemisioides
Senna artemisioides ssp. filifolia
Fine-leaf Desert Cassia
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Maree Goods

A slow-growing but highly ornamental shrub (H 1.5-2m, W 1-1.5m) with grey-green pinnate leaves and numerous bright yellow flowers in winter and spring. Spectacular in flower. Seed pods are also attractive.
Common in inland Australia but rare south of the divide. Prefers a hot, dry situation with well-drained soil. Fails with excessive moisture. Useful for planting under eucalypts.

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

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.

Austrostipa stipoides
Austrostipa stipoides
Prickly Spear-Grass
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

An ornamental coastal plant, forming dense, prickly tussock (H to 1m, stems 1.5m, W 1m).
Prefers full sun in wet or dry soils.
Slow-growing. Ideal for massed plantings.

Leptorhynchos squamatus
Leptorhynchos squamatus
Scaly Buttons
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Kevin Sparrow

A delicate, perennial button daisy (H 15cm W 30cm) forming a low clump of slightly woolly, deep green leaves. The numerous yellow and button-like flowerheads are held on upright stems.
An ornamental wildflower worthy of cultivation in a sunny position in well- drained basalt soils. Ideal for containers.

Monthly Meeting

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

March Monthly Meeting

will be held on
March 2nd, 2018, at 7.50pm.

Guest speaker: Anne Langmaid & Chris Clarke
(members of APS Keilor Plains Group)

Topic: "WA Wildflowers"

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.)

Upcoming Guest Speakers at our monthly meeting in 2018:

April 6th:Native Plants Auction, No Guest Speaker.
May 4th:
June 1st:
July 6th:Annual General Meeting
August 3rd:Emmaline Bowman: "Garden Design Using Native Plants".
September 7th :
October 5th:Spring Plant Table, No Guest Speaker.
November 2nd:
December 7th:No Guest Speaker.

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.


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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 "Growing Australian" magazine.
  • Free Native plant seeds.
  • Native flora for sale at the monthly meeting.
  • Access to APS VIC Book Sale.

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 MeetUp.

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
- Fungi Down Under 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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