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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Olearia ramulosa
Olearia ramulosa
Twiggy Daisy Bush
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)
Chris Clarke

A very attractive, rounded shrub (H 1.5m, W 1—1.5m) with small, aromatic, bright green leaves. Masses of white (rarely mauve) daisy flowers in spring to autumn.
This fast-growing shrub prefers a sunny but partly sheltered aspect. It prefers dry, gravelly, well-drained soils. May be short lived in deep soils. Suitable for planting beneath eucalypts in dappled shade.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Carex	fascicularis
Carex fascicularis
Tassel Sedge
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)
David Francis

Forms a dense tussock (H 1m, Spreading), with bright green foliage. The flower spikes dangle from long slender stems.
Prefers permanently wet soils in sun or semi-shade. Locally rare in the upper catchment area.

Lomandra longifolia
Lomandra longifolia
Spiny-Headed Mat-Rush
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)
Sue Guymer

A large tussock (H 1m, W 1m) with bright green, strap-like leaves and honey-scented, cream flower spikes in spring and summer. Male and female flowers on separate plants.
Common in escarpment and riparian areas. Prefers moist, well-drained soils in a sunny or semi-shaded situation. Tolerates heavy shade. Very hardy and drought tolerant.
Suitable for rock gardens or as a tall groundcover beside ponds or under trees. Often used in commercial landscapes around buildings, car parks, roundabouts and roadsides.

Enchylaena tomentosa
Enchylaena tomentosa
Ruby Saltbush
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)
Chris Lindorff

A hardy prostrate shrub (Prostrate, W 1m) with small, succulent, grey-green leaves. Yellow to red berries all year, but especially in summer.
Prefers a sunny position in dry, well-drained soil. Grows well on rocky slopes.

Monthly Meeting

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

Monthly Meeting

"No Monthly Meeting
in January"

The first Meeting in 2018 will be held on February 2nd, 2018.

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:

JanuaryNo Monthly Meeting.
February to December: TBA

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.



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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