Native vs Indigenous?

There is a very important difference between native and indigenous plant species. So what is the difference? Well native means that the plant is native to anywhere in Australia. Indigenous means that the plant species comes from a certain area such as the Bass Coast Shire or the South Gippsland Shire.

Indigenous plants are exciting – They are ‘fit-for-purpose’ plants and we have species for your soggy/boggy, sandy and salty, trees or shrubs (small to tall) ground lovers, climbers and of course species who give sweet and spectacular seasonal ‘shows’ via their foliage or their flowers.

Indigenous plants are also more likely to tolerate the generous rainfall that the region enjoys most years and the hotter periods that sneak in during Summer. Planting indigenous is ‘giving back’, helping to enhance wildlife corridors and provide links between fragmented or isolated patches…we can all find a spot for an indigenous plant to grow!

Our local Shire councils are also encouraging the community to plant indigenous species. Guides are available for selecting plant species suitable for the different vegetation zones within our Shires. E.g: Indigenous Plants of Bass Coast Shire. The lists are based on the Ecological Vegetation Classes (EVC) appropriate for each area. EVCs are useful for identifying species adapted to your local area. However, they are a broad guide only as conditions may vary within a site. Further information on EVCs: environment.vic.gov.au

Take a look at our Plant Fact Sheets and these other resources to help you to select the most appropriate indigenous plant for your place. if you still need help please email our specialist for assistance orders@wsbn.org.au

Plants for bees

Information & useful links about how to use indigenous plants to attract bees into your garden.

Bog plants

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Wetland plants

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Plants for wildlife

Content under development

Fire retardant & resistant plants

Intended as a guide only, view our list of Fire Retardant & Resistant Plants.