Welcome to the Keilor Plains Native Plants Group

Small selection of Australian Native Flowers from August Meeting.

Monthly Meeting

The Group meets on the first Friday of the month, except January.
At the meeting, an informative topic will be presented by a guest speaker, a plant table will display native flowers grown by members and native plants for sale.
Visitors are most welcome to attend our meeting.
Further information can be obtained by contacting our secretary.

October Monthly Meeting


Date: October 4th, 2019, 8PM

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.)

A show case of Australian native flowers from members' garden.
Members can explain or ask questions on how to grow native plants successfully in their garden.

News and Events

NatureShare is moving to iNaturalist Australia, a collaboration between Atlas of Living Australia and the global iNaturalist network.

BowerBird, another Nature sharing website, has already moved to iNaturalist earlier this year.


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.

Upcoming Guest Speakers at our monthly meeting in 2019:

November 1st:Paul Kennedy
December 6th:End of Year Meeting, No Guest Speaker.

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.

Dodonaea viscosa ssp. spatulata
Dodonaea viscosa ssp. spatulata
Dodonaea viscosa ssp. spatulata
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

A bushy shrub (H 2m, W 2-3m), with glossy, bright green leaves. The flowers are inconspicuous but are followed by attractive reddish or burgundy, winged capsules on female plants in spring. Prefers well-drained soils in full sun or light shade. A sunny aspect is required to obtain full colour intensity in the hops. Grows naturally in escarpment shrubland and woodlands. A useful screening plant.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Calystegia sepium
Calystegia sepium
Calystegia sepium
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

A strong climber of wetlands and riparian zones but sometimes also colonising urban waste areas. Large, white, convolvulus-like flowers and large, arrow-shaped leaves are features. Best suited to revegetation projects near waterways, especially where it grows naturally along the Maribyrnong River and Jacksons Creek.

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

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.

Viola hederacea
Viola hederacea
Native or Ivy-Leaved Violet
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU)

A spreading groundcover (prostrate W 1-2m) with small, ivy-like leaves, and small mauve and white flowers, mostly in spring.
Spreads by stolons to form patches. An excellent plant for a shady, moist aspect. Ideal for rockeries, planting near logs or in hanging baskets and containers.
N.B. the more vigorous Viola banksii is often sold as Viola hederacea in non- indigenous nurseries.


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!, also at our monthly meeting.

For enquiries about large orders, please contact
book order


We can also be found in Facebook and Instagram.

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
- Small Eucalypts for the Garden.

Other useful links, such as local nurseries, flora and fauna information, can be found here.

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