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.

Goodia medicaginea
Goodia medicaginea
Western Golden-Tip
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.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Cyperus gunnii
Cyperus gunnii
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.

Carex breviculmis
Carex breviculmis
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.

Veronica gracilis
Veronica gracilis
Slender Speedwell
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.

Monthly Meeting

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

August Monthly Meeting

will be held on
August 3rd, 2018, at 7.50pm.

Guest speaker: Emmaline Bowman
Stem Landscape Architecture & Design

Topic: "Garden Design using Australian Plants"

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.)

EMMALINE BOWMAN is a landscape architect with a huge passion for the environment and all animals.
She has a Bachelor of Design & Masters in Landscape Architecture from RMIT.
She looks into nature to provide answer, and create an environment that respect Australian Flora and Fauna, and is beneficial and beautiful.
She is the director and founder of Stem Landscape Architecture & Design.
In Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, the group's designs won awards:
2018: SILVER AWARD - SHOW GARDEN: ‘Living Garden’
Here is the link to article in Garden World about her winning the MIFGS 2017 competition.

Upcoming Guest Speakers at our monthly meeting in 2018:

September 7th : Russell Larke and Matt Henderson.Plant Hunting in the Grampians
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.


Flowers from Plant Table July 2018


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 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.

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.

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