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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Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Chris Lindorff
An attractive, hardy, fast- growing shrub (H 1-2m, W 1-2m) with trifoliolate leaves and covered in masses of orange-yellow flowers in spring. Suitable for sun or part shade in a well-drained position. Locally rare. Prune after flowering to maintain a dense, bushy habit.
Flecked Flat Sedge
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Giorgio De Nola
A tufted sedge (H 1.5m, W 1m) with long, grass-like leaves surrounding one or numerous flower stems. Reddy-brown flowerheads with three leaf-like bracts give an interesting and showy display.
An interesting plant for swampy areas.Similar species: Cyperus lucidus, possibly extinct locally on the plains.
Short-Stem Sedge or Common Grass-Sedge
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Kevin Sparrow
A vigorous sedge (H 15-30cm W 15-30cm) with fine foliage. Flowering stems are shorter than leaves. Prefers dry to moist soils and is commonly found among rocks of basalt or granite origin.
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Cathy Powers
Dainty little plant (H 5—20cm, W Spreading) that often spreads by rhizomes to form colonies to one metre wide or more.
It often goes unnoticed in amongst other plants or lawns until the pretty blue-mauve lowers appear in spring.
Grows well in most situations and is particularly useful in poorly drained soils. Good for rockeries, inter-tussock grassland plantings or in an open understorey. Place carefully to avoid being overgrown by other plants.
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.
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 APS Victoria "Growing Australian" magazine.
- Free Native plant seeds.
- Native flora for sale at the monthly meeting.
- Access to APS Victoria Book Sale.
- Optional subscription to ANPSA "Australian Plants" magazine.
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
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.
(APS VIC and ANPSA)
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.
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- 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
Other useful links, such as local nurseries, flora and fauna information, can be found here.