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.

Eucalyptus camaldulensis
Eucalyptus camaldulensis
River Red Gum
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Chris Lindorff

A large tree (H 25m, W 15-20m) with an open spreading crown. White flowers in profusion in summer. Prefers an open position in deep moist soil. Tolerates inundation and dry periods once established. The foliage is often inundated by lerps. It is restricted in its distribution to the lower parts of the catchment and flood plains. A dwarf, salt-tolerant variety occurs at Point Cook.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Craspedia paludicola
Craspedia paludicola
Swamp Billy-Buttons
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Kevin Sparrow

A very attractive plant (H 75cm, W 10-20cm) with large green leaves at the base and bright yellow globular flowerheads on long stems.
Requires moist to boggy heavy soils, tolerating seasonal inundation. Prone to damage by snails and slugs.
Suitable for use as a cut or dried flower.
Rare on the Keilor Plains, though a substantial population can be seen near Gisborne Swamp.

Bothriochloa macra
Bothriochloa macra
Red-leg Grass
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) John Edwards

A tufting grass (H 30-50cm, stems to 50cm) with reddish stems and racemes of narrow flowerheads, mostly in summer and autumn.
Requires well-drained, basalt soils in full sun or semi-shade. A summer-growing species that responds well to summer moisture. Dormant in winter.
Suitable for native grass lawns.

Senecio linearifolius
Senecio linearifolius
Fireweed Groundsel
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Chris Clarke

A delightful plant (H 1-1.5m W 1.5m) with lovely dark green foliage helping to show off clusters of bright yellow, rayed daisies in late spring and summer.
Sprawling or rounded shrub but always interesting. Prefers good shade and a bit of moisture.

Monthly Meeting

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

July Monthly Meeting

will be held on
July 6th, 2018, at 7.50pm.

Annual General Meeting

Guest speaker: Helen Suter.

Topic: "Knowing Your Soils"

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.)

Understanding our soil is the key to knowing what to grow in our gardens and how we can amend our garden soil to grow a wider range of Australian native plants. Dr Helen Suter, a member of Keilor Plains APS group, will demonstrate with some hands-on soil tests, how to better understand the composition and structure of our gardens’ soils.

Upcoming Guest Speakers at our monthly meeting in 2018:

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.

One of the threatened orchids that has been successfully reintroduced.

Diuris fragantissima (Sunshine diuris)
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Russell Best (NatureShare)


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.

top arrow