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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Acacia implexa
Acacia implexa
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Peter Clark

A graceful tree (H 6-8m, W 3-6m) with an open crown. Sickle-shaped green leaves. Rough bark. Clusters of cream/yellow flowers in profusion in summer, and occasionally at other times. Usually found on dry sites along watercourses, stoney rises and valley slopes. A very hardy, drought-tolerant species that copes well in exposed situations. Its upright growth habit and light crown makes it a useful screening plant, which allows for understorey plantings with species such as Correa glabra and Lomandra Iongifolia.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Carex inversa
Carex inversa
Knob Sedge
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Chris Lindorff

A grass-like sedge (H 10-40cm, W 40cm). Common along waterways and drainage lines in west.
Prefers moist soils but will tolerate extended dry periods.

Lomandra nana
Lomandra nana
Dwarf, Small or Pale Mat-Rush
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Kevin Sparrow

A very small, tufting plant (5cm, W 10-20cm) with fine bluish-green leaves and spikes of creamy flowers hidden in the foliage in spring early summer. Forms a compact tussock.
Prefers well-drained soils in full sun or semi-shade.Ideal for rockeries or containers.

Minuria leptophylla
Minuria leptophylla
Minnie Daisy
Photo: (CC BY 2.5 AU) Russell Best

A small rounded plant (H 10-30cm W 20-50cm) with fine, light green leaves. White to mauve flowers through most of the year.
Prefers a sunny position in moist, well- drained soils.
Suitable for rock gardens and containers.

Monthly Meeting

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

April Monthly Meeting

will be held on
April 6th, 2018, at 7.50pm.

"Australian Native Plants Auction"

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.)

Australian Native Plants (Local and from other parts of Australia) propagated by members of the group will be auctioned at the April Monthly Meeting.

Upcoming Guest Speakers at our monthly meeting in 2018:

May 4th:Karen Sutherland: "Native Bushfood Plants"
June 1st:Noushka Reiter: "Native Orchids"
July 6th:Annual General Meeting. Helen Suter: "Soils".
August 3rd:Emmaline Bowman: "Garden Design Using Native Plants".
September 7th :
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.

Selection of flowers from March Plant Table

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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.

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 "Growing Australian" magazine.
  • Free Native plant seeds.
  • Native flora for sale at the monthly meeting.
  • Access to APS VIC Book Sale.

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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