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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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.
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.
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.
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.
News and Events
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 "Growing Australian" magazine.
- Free Native plant seeds.
- Native flora for sale at the monthly meeting.
- Access to APS VIC Book Sale.
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.
(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
Other useful links, such as local nurseries, flora and fauna information, can be found here.