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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Calytrix tetragona
Calytrix tetragona
Fringe Myrtle
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.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Carex tereticaulis
Carex tereticaulis
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.

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Rytidosperma setaceum
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.

Pelargonium rodneyanum
Pelargonium rodneyanum
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.

Monthly Meeting

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

May Monthly Meeting

will be held on
May 4th, 2018, at 7.50pm.

Guest speaker: Karen Sutherland
(from Edible Eden Design)

Topic: "Enjoying Native Food Plants"

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.)

Karen has 25 years of experience in designing edible gardens. Her talk will focus on growing Australian native food plants in urban situations and how to utilise them in a western diet.
For more information, here is the link to Edible Eden Design website.

Upcoming Guest Speakers at our monthly meeting in 2018:

June 1st:Noushka Reiter: "Native Orchids"
July 6th:Annual General Meeting. Helen Suter: "Soils"
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.


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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