Welcome to the Keilor Plains Native Plants Group

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, but we welcome anyone interested in local Australian indigenous flora (and Australian native flora in general) to come to our monthly meeting, or to become a member. For more information about the group, go to About Us page.


If you are interested in joining the group, go to Membership Info page. 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.

In 2012, we published second edition of the book 'Plants of Melbourne's Western Plains - A Gardener's Guide to the Original Flora'


Monthly Meeting

Date: April 7th, 2017 at 8:00 PM

“Australian Native Plants Auction”

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

Next Meeting: May 5th, 2017

“Strategic tree selection for climate change”
by "Greg Moore"

Click here for Full Speaker/Event list.

Australian Native Plants (Local and from other parts of the country) propagated by members of the group will be auctioned at the April Monthly Meeting.


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.

News and Events from Keilor Plains Group
(For future events go to Speaker/Event list)


April 7th:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
"Australian Native Plants Auction"
March 3rd:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker; Trevor Blake
Topic: “Botanising Trip to the Tanami Desert”
February 3rd:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker; Royce Raleigh
Topic: "Lesser Known Plants for the Garden"


December 2nd:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Members' Short Presentation
November 4:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: Dean Nicolle from Currency Creek Arboretum
Topic: "Eucalypts"
October 15:
APS Keilor Plains Saturday Trip to Brisbane Ranges. Meet at Maddingley Park, Bacchus Marsh at 10 AM.
October 7:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Topic: "Spring Plant Table"
September 9:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Topic: "Wilds of Westernport Bay"
August 5:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: Chris Nicholson from Royal Park.
Topic: "The Native Garden - Royal Park"
July 9:
APS Keilor Plains Day Trip to Dandenong Ranges area.
July 1:
Result from AGM:
Chris Clarke is the new president of the group, and Yvonne Bischofberger the new Vice President.
July 1:
APS Keilor Plains Annual General Meeting, followed by presentation from Yvonne Bischofberger: "Newell's Paddock Urban Nature Reserve"
June 3:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: Louise Pelle from Rushworth
Topic: "Garden Design with Indigenous Plants"
Apr 29:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: A B Bishop from Bends of Islands
Topic: "Australian Native Garden - A Practical Guide"
Apr 1:
Australian Native Plants Auction
Mar 4:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Speaker: Jason Caruso and Neil Duncan.
Topic: "Growing Australian plants in Containers"
Feb 5:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: Dean Ingwersen from Birdlife Australia
Topic: "Relationship between Specific Plants and Birds"
Jan 22 - 26:
APS Keilor Plains Alpine trip to Mt Baw Baw.

Useful Links for identifying Australian Flora:

Vic Flora On-Line
KeyBase of Flowering plants of Australia
Wattle On-Line
Fungi Down Under On-Line

Transport Map

Our Book
Now available from local
indigenous nurseries and bookshops!

For enquiries about large orders, please contact kpbook@apskeilorplains.org.au

Plants from Melbourne's Western Plains (tree/shrub, aquatic plant, grass and wildflower/low shrub)
(Photos from NatureShare.)

Hover over the picture for more information.

Sambucus gaudichaudiana
Sambucus gaudichaudiana
Native or White Elderberry
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Thomas N.

A herbaceous shrub (height 2m, width 2m) that sends up annual shoots in spring. Bears head of white, fragrant flowers in late spring before developing white, edible berries in summer. The pinnate leaves are large and composed of numerous rich green leaflets.
Prefers moist, shady position with well-drained soil.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Mentha diemenica
Mentha diemenica
Slender Mint or Wild Mint
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Giorgio De Nola

A small, suckering groundcover (H 10—30cm, W 50cm—1m) with aromatic foliage and numerous white flowers in spring and summer.
Prefers moist soils in sun or semi-shade. Tolerates inundation, and will form a dense mat. Not as vigorous as other mints.
It is suitable for planting beside ponds or along pathways. May also be used for culinary purposes.

Austrostipa elegantissima
Austrostipa elegantissima
Feather Spear-Grass
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Chris Lindorff

A highly ornamental tussock grass (H 50-80cm, stems to 1m, W 1m) with numerous soft, wispy, buff-purplish open plumes. Flowers mostly in spring and early summer.
Prefers an open position in sun or semi-shade, in dry, well-drained soils. Suitable for rockeries or planting under eucalypts. Effective planted in groups. Allow sufficient space for the grass to display its feathery seedheads unhindered by other plants.
Occurs naturally in Escarpment Shrublands and in Yellow Gum and Grey Box Woodlands.

Pelargonium australe
Pelargonium australe
Austral Stork's Bill
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Chris Clarke

A fast-growing, perennial plant (H 50cm W 30—60cm). Clusters of showy, pink flowers in spring and summer. The round leaves are velvety and aromatic. May self seed.
Prefers well-drained soils in sun or semi-shade. Ideal for most situations, especially suitable for use in rockeries.

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