Welcome to the Keilor Plains Native Plants Group

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.

November Monthly Meeting


by Guest Speaker
Paul Kennedy OAM

Date: November 1st, 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.)

Paul Kennedy OAM is the leader of Australian Native Plants Society (Australia) - Hakea Study Group (from 2007), and the Secretary of APS Colac Otway.
He was the president of the Australian Plants Society Victoria from 2004 to 2007, the secretary from 1989-1996, the treasurer from 1999 to 2004 and a member since 1974.
The archive of Hakea Study Group newsletters (volume 1, June 1978 to volume 68, June 2018) can be found on this link.

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:

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.

Eucalyptus melliodora
Eucalyptus melliodora
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Sue Guymer

A shapely, medium-sized tree (H 12-15m, W 8-10m). Grey-green leaves with profuse, perfumed, small, cream flowers in spring and summer. Rough brown bark to main branches. An ornamental tree that prefers well-drained soils. Will not tolerate dry, gravelly, shallow soils. Excellent shade tree.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Eleocharis sphacelata
Eleocharis sphacelata
Eleocharis sphacelata
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Chris Clarke

Tall, robust, leafless, spike-like rush (H 2m above water, W 2m) that grows in still or slow-moving freshwater up to 2m deep. Flowerhead just a few centimetres long at the tip of the spike.
Common plant of slow waterways, lakes, dams or billabongs. Can spread vigorously. Best suited to large areas, or for providing dense habitat for waterbirds and frogs.

Chloris truncata
Chloris truncata
Windmill Grass
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Maree Goods

An attractive, tufted warm-season grass (H 30cm W 1m) with decorative and characteristic windmill-shaped seedheads. The seedheads detach from the plant in summer and autumn when ripe and are dispersed by the wind.
A common grass in Grasslands and Grey Box Woodlands.

Wahlenbergia stricta
Wahlenbergia stricta
Tall Bluebell
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Chris Clarke

A delicate, suckering perennial (H 40-50cm, W 10-40cm) with narrow leaves. Numerous large, bright- blue, bell-shaped flowers in spring and summer. Watering will extend flowering into autumn. Erect, open and sometimes straggly growth habit.
Prefers a sunny position, In dry, well- drained soil. Ideal for rockery and containers.


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.