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: June 3rd, 2016 at 8:00 PM

"Garden Design with Indigenous Plants"
by Louise Pelle

Venue: East Keilor-Airport West Uniting Church
Address: Cnr. Roberts Rd. and Glenys Av. Airport West
Melway Map 15 Ref H8

Next Meeting: July 1st, 2016

Annual General Meeting
and a short presentation "Newell's Paddock Urban Nature Reserve"

by Yvonne Bischofberger (APSKP member and Secretary of Friends of Newell’s Paddock)

Click here for Full Speaker/Event list.

Louise Pelle is a landscape architect from "Design by Nature" and with Les, own "King Billy Retreat Guest-house and Gardens" in Rushworth, VIC.
Louise and Les transformed the scarred landscape into a haven of indigenous plants in their 18 ha conservation covenated property.
The plants were selected from the area within 20 kms of the garden. One of the objectives was to encourage small bushland bird species. Recycled materials were used in the construction of the garden.
Louise and Les are committee members of Rushworth Action Group for the Environment - RAGE. See the Facebook page (community) and Facebook page (public group).
The Group aims is to campaign against the removal of remnant roadside vegetation from the local landscape, and to educate and inform the community about environmental issues.(Quoted from its Facebook page)


News and Events


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 additional information.

Daviesia leptophylla
Narrow-leaf Bitter Pea
Daviesia leptophylla

An open, erect shrub (height 1-5m) with stiff, dull green linear leaves. Clusters of red and yellow pea flowers in spring are followed by ornamental opaque red-brown seed pods. Prefers dry, well-drained sedimentary soils in Yellow Gum woodlands.

Aquatic/Swamp Plants
Eleocharis acuta
Common Spike Rush
Eleocharis acuta

Numerous green, slender stems (height 70cm, spreading) with small brown terminal spikes in summer. Spreads by rhizomes. Prefers regularly inundated areas or shallow water.

Dichanthium sericeum
Silky Blue-Grass
Dichanthium sericeum

A tussock-forming Grass (height 80cm, width 10-40cm) with blue-grey leaves and numerous silky flowerheads in summer to autumn. Prefers an open position in dry, well-drained soils. Self seed readily.

Desmodium varians
Slender Tick-Trefoil
Desmodium varians

Trailing plant (prostrate, width 20-50cm) with leaves made up of three leaflets. Sprays of small pink pea flowers turn white with age.