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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Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Cathy Powers
A small shrub (H 60cm) with small, fine, grey-green leaves. Showy terminal clusters of orange pea flowers in spring. Found in grasslands and woodlands. Prefers a sheltered position in dry, gravelly, well-drained soils, in full sun or semi-shade. Prune after flowering to encourage denser growth habit. A very attractive species suitable for growing in rockeries or under trees.
Coronidium aff. rutidolepis
Pale Swamp Everlastin
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) James Booth
An attractive everlasting daisy (H 40cm, W patches to 1m) with pale-yellow, button-like flowerheads mostly from late spring to summer. Soft grey-green leaves.
It suckers freely, often forming (extensive carpets in drainage lines, gilgals and swamp margins.
Prefers an open, sunny position in moist, poorly drained soils.
Tall, Kneed or Plains Spear-Grass
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A tall, slender tussock grass (H 20cm, stems to 1.2m) with narrow rigid leaves and large, open flowerheads in late spring and summer.
Suitable for most well-drained soils in an open position.
Native Raspberry or Small-Leaf Bramble
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Russell Best
A plant (H 50cm—2m, W 50cm—1m) that can be trained as a low climber, it has a scrambling habit and thorny stems with small, red, raspberry-like fruits in summer and autumn. The fruits are edible but do not generally have a lot of flavour.
The plant is hardy and grows well in full sun to dappled shade. Will withstand dry periods but fruiting will suffer.
It responds well to native plant fertiliser. Pruning will encourage more of the small pink flowers and fruit and produce a better form.
News and Events
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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.