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: July 7th, 2017 at 7:45 PM

APS Keilor Plains Group
Annual General Meeting

Guest Speaker: Nicky Zanen
Secretary of APS Foothills

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: August 4th, 2017
“Growing Australian Plants”
by "Phil Vaughan"
(Vaughans Australian Plants Pomonal)

Darley Park
Photo of flowers from Darley Park
APSKP day trip in May 2017


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)


July 7th:
APS Keilor Plains Annual General Meeting, followed by
Guest Speaker: Nicky Zanen
June 2nd:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: Sally Lambourne
Topic: “Weeds of Victoria’s Central Highlands”
May 5th:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker:Greg Moore
Topic: “Strategic tree selection for climate change”
April 7th:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
"Australian Native Plants Auction"
March 3rd:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker; Trevor Blake
Topic: “Desert Discovery”
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

Upcoming Guest Speakers at our monthly meeting:
August:Phil Vaughan (Vaughans Australian Plants Pomonal)
“Growing Australian Plants”
September:Kevin Sparrow (APS Warrnambool & District)
“Plants of the Great South West”
October:Rhys Freeman (member of Prom Country Bushfoods Association)
“Growing Australian Native Edible Plants”
November:Spring Plant Table, No Guest Speaker.
December:No Guest Speaker.

Transport Map

Our Book
Now available from local
indigenous nurseries and bookshops!

For enquiries about large orders, please contact
book order

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.

Bursaria spinosa var. spinosa
Bursaria spinosa subsp. spinosa
Sweet Bursaria
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Chris Clarke

A large shrub or small tree (H 4—6m, W 2—3m). Small, dark green, glossy leaves and thorns along stiff stems. Masses of small, creamy, fragrant flowers at the ends of branches in late spring and summer.
Prefers a sunny position in well-drained soils. Very hardy and adaptable. Will not tolerate wet or poorly drained soils. A useful plant for screening or windbreaks. An important plant for the life cycle of the Bright Copper Butterfly and other insects.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Bolboschoenus caldwellii
Bolboschoenus caldwellii
Marsh Club-Rush or Salt Club-Sedge
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Colleen Miller

Rush-like plant (H 30—90cm, W 1m) for boggy or swampy positions. Lime-green, triangular stems and small, golden flowering spikes in spring and summer.
Spreads via underground stems, which can also be used for propagation.
Water birds are attracted to the dense upright stems, using them for cover and nesting material.

Poa sieberiana
Poa sieberiana
Grey Tussock-Grass
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Giorgio De Nola

Forms a small tussock (H 40cm, W 40cm), with fine grey-green leaves. Loose green or purplish flowerheads are held above the foliage.
Prefers dry, well-drained soils in full sun or semi-shade.
Occurs naturally in grasslands- and woodlands. Ideal for rockeries or planting under eucalypts.

Wahlenbergia communis
Wahlenbergia communis
Tufted Bluebell
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Judy Allen

A spreading, perennial herb (H 15—50cm, W 15—60cm) with narrow, bright green leaves on erect stems. Bears masses of delightful bright-blue, bell-shaped flowers from spring to autumn. It self seeds readily and also suckers. The petals are edible.
Prefers a sunny position in dry, well-drained soil. Summer moisture encourages denser growth and more prolific flowering. Rejuvenate by pruning severely in winter. Ideal for rock gardens, as a drifting groundcover or in containers. Spectacular in massed plantings, especially when planted with Chrysocephalum apiculatum. Common in grasslands, woodlands and escarpments.

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