Welcome to the Keilor Plains Native Plants Group

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, but we welcome anyone interested in local Australian indigenous flora (and Australian native flora in general) to come to our monthly meeting, or to become a member. For more information about the group, go to About Us page.

If you are interested in joining the group, go to Membership Info page. 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.

In 2012, we published second edition of the book 'Plants of Melbourne's Western Plains - A Gardener's Guide to the Original Flora'

Monthly Meeting

Date: August 5th, 2016 at 8:00 PM

"The Native Garden- Royal Park"
by Chris Nicholson (APSKP member and Head Gardener, Royal Park, Parkville)

Venue: East Keilor - Airport West Uniting Church
Address: Cnr. Roberts Rd and Glenys Av, Airport West
Melway Map 28 Ref B8

Next Meeting: September 9th, 2016
Note: This is the second Friday, because The Group Weekend trip is from 2nd to 4th September.
It will be in a new venue (to be announced).

"Wilds of Westernport Bay"

Click here for Full Speaker/Event list.

Chris Nicholson joined the group in 2015. A lot of improvement to The Native Garden in Royal Park has been made since he was appointed as the Head Gardener of Royal Park.

Australian Native Garden Book

News and Events


August 5:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Topic: "The Native Garden - Royal Park" by Chris Nicholson
July 9:
APS Keilor Plains Day Trip
July 1:
Result from AGM:
Chris Clarke is the new president of the group, and Yvonne Bischofberger the new Vice President.
July 1:
APS Keilor Plains Annual General Meeting, followed by presentation form Yvonne Bischofberger: "Newell's Paddock Urban Nature Reserve"
June 3:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Topic: "Garden Design with Indigenous Plants" by Louise Pelle
Apr 29:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Topic: "Australian Native Garden - A Practical Guide" by A.B. Bishop
Apr 1:
Australian Native Plants Auction
Mar 4:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Topic: "Growing Australian plants in Containers" by Jason Caruso and Neil Duncan
Feb 5:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Guest Speaker: Dean Ingwersen: "Relationship between Specific Plants and Birds"
Jan 22 - 26:
APS Keilor Plains Alpine trip to Mt Baw Baw.


Dec 4:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Members' Short Talks.
Nov 15:
from 10am: Featherhead Field Day at 295 Parwan Exford Road, Parwan
Debbie Reynolds will speak about featherheads (Ptilotus macrocephalus) and spiny rice flowers (Pimelea spinescens).
Nov 6:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Australian Carnivorous Plants by Peter Bloem.
Oct 2:
APS Keilor Plains Monthly Meeting.
Spring Plant Tables.
Sep 18 - 20:
APS Keilor Plains weekend away.
Destination: Little Desert.
Sep 4:
APS Keilor Plains monthly meeting.
Speaker: Trevor Blake.
Topic: Saltbushes and a few other Dry Land Beauties.
Aug 7:
APS Keilor Plains monthly meeting.
Speaker: Maria Hitchcock from Coolnatives Nursery, Armadale..
Topic: Gardening with Correas
July 3:
APSKP Annual General Meeting.
Followed by Quiz (Quizmaster: John Upsher)
June 6 - 14:
Kuranga Native Nursery's winter plant sale. Location 118 York Road, Mount Evelyn 3796.
June 5:
APS Keilor Plains monthly meeting.
Speaker: Carolyn Blackman from Vivid Design.
Topic: General Approach to Garden Design
May 16:
Day trip to Brisbane Ranges and Vaughan's Australian Plants nursery in Teesdale. Meet at Airport West Uniting Church, Cnr Roberts Rd and Glenys av, Airport West. Leave at 9.30 am
May 8 (second Friday):
APS Keilor Plains monthly meeting.
Speaker: John Delpratt, horticultural scientist and seed technologist.
Topic: Grasslands plants.
May 3:
The APSKP Email Photo Gallery has been upgraded and is operational.
May 2:
APS Keilor Plains will set up a stall to sell native plants at The East Keilor-Airport West Uniting Church Community Fair. (10 am - 3 pm)
Location: Cnr. Roberts Rd. and Glenys Av., Airport West
April 10 (second Friday):
Monthly Meeting and Plants Auction
March 14:
Members' Saturday trip to Serendip Sanctuary and Mt Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Centre. Contact Anne for further information.
February 22:
APS Keilor Plains will set up a stall at Moonee Valley Festival (Queens Park, Moonee Ponds, 10am-5pm)
Our Book
Now available from local
indigenous nurseries and bookshops!

Plants from Melbourne's Western Plains (tree/shrub, aquatic plant, grass and wildflower/low shrub)
(Photos from NatureShare.)

Hover over or tap the picture for more information.

Goodenia ovata
Goodenia ovata
Hop Goodenia

A rounded or spreading shrub (height 1.5m, width 2m) with bright green oval leaves. Yellow flowers for most of the year. Fast growing plant, preferring moist, well-drained soils in a sheltered aspect. Tolerant to a large range of conditions, maybe short lived in cultivation. Grow well under Trees/Shrubs.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Marsilea drummondii
Marsilea drummondii
Common Nardoo

A common, ornamental, semi-aquatic fern (height 5cm, spreading) with silky, grey-green, clover-like leaves. Prefers boggy soils that are subject to seasonal waterlogging and will tolerate inundation to 30cm.

Ficinia nodosa
Ficinia nodosa
Knobby Club-Rush

An ornamental perennial sedge (height 80cm) that form a rounded tussock. Dark green stems tipped with dense brown, globular seedheads that are retained for long periods. Tolerant of permanent inundation or well-drained soils and extended dry periods.

Frankenia pauciflora
Frankenia pauciflora
Sea Heath

A low-growing shrub (height prostrate to 43cm, width 1m) with small leaves. The small white or pinkish flowers mainly in spring. Prefers well-drained soils and tolerates dry conditions once established. Will grow in salty soils.

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