Local Bass Coast, South Gippsland & surrounds habitats
The Bass Coast, South Gippsland & surrounds have habitats that are coastal, wetland, hinterland & bushland. Indigenous plant species have adapted to local environmental conditions. These plants provide vital habitat for birds and many species of wildlife.
The Bass Coast Shire Council’s ‘Native Vegetation List’ includes ‘Local Vegetation Lists’ for each region within the Shire. There are a wide variety of species suited specifically to the Bass Coast and South Gippsland environments. The plants listed have adapted to local conditions such as soil type and climate and they require less water. There is no need to import soil or fertilizers.
Our focus is to collect seed from indigenous plants from these habitats & then propagate them to ensure a supply for revegetation.
We are licensed to collect seed by:
- Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
- Bass Coast Shire Council (BCSC).
Seeds &/or cuttings are propagated & grown to tubestock plants & then sold to:
- Government organisations / Shire Councils
- Landcare Groups
- Individual landholders
- Plant nurseries / Landscapers
List of the plants that we propagate
Updated 12th December, 2020
||Fast growing. Yellow flowers, late winter. Silvery foliage. Good for erosion control.
||Fast growing. Pale yellow flowers, spring. Excellent firewood.
||Long-lived. Pale yellow flowers, spring. Good shade tree.
||Ornamental shade tree and windbreak. Yellow flower spikes all year.
||Dense canopy with stringy bark. Good for honey and hardwood.
||Bark mostly smooth. Leaves eaten by koalas. Good shade tree for swampy areas.
||Snow Gum (Powlett River Form)
||Attractive white to cream trunk. Provides honey, fuel and assists with erosion control.
||Low branching tree with dense canopy. Good shade and shelter.
|Eucalyptus viminalis ssp. pryoriana
||Coastal Manna Gum
||Well-branched tree with dense canopy. Good shade, shelter and windbreak.
||Ornamental foliage and bark. Male and female flowers on separate plants.
||Drooping or Coast Sheoak
||Ornamental weeping foliage. Male and female flowers on separate plants.
||Gippsland Mallee or Bog Gum
||Gum-barked tree. Attractive mallee form.
||Masses of cream flowers,spring. Useful in wet garden areas. Very adaptable. Responds well to pruning.
||Profuse scented cream flowers, spring-summer. Moist to wet soils. Responds well to pruning.
|Acacia longifolia ssp. sophorae
||Fast growing. Yellow flowers, spring. Salt-tolerant coloniser.
||Prickly shrub. Bright yellow flowers, spring. Good screen or windbreak. Refuge for small birds
||Coloniser. Pale yellow flowers, winter-spring. Good screen.
|Acacia verticillata ssp verticillata
||Prickly, tough plant. Yellow flowers, spring. Refuge for small birds.
||Yellow flower spikes, autumn. Good screen.
||Scented, creamy-white flowers, summer. Spiny branches when young.
||Fast-growing. Crowded, domed flowerheads, summer. Aromatic leaves. Quick screen. Understorey planting.
||Spiny shrub. Edible red berries. Good refuge for small birds.
||Fast-growing. Profuse yellow and red pea flowers, spring. Prune after flowering.
||Open shrub. Small fragrant flowers, spring. Needs pruning to maintain vigour.
||Upright shrub with twisted foliage. White flowers, spring. Good bird habitat.
||Attractive white flowers, spring. Front-line coastal planting only. Weedy in other areas
||Young growth silver and hairy. Masses of white flowers, spring. Moist soils.
||Variable form. Scented, crowded white flowers, spring. Salt tolerant
||Masses of tiny cream bell flowers, spring-summer. Well-drained moist soils
||Rounded habit with succulent leaves. White flowers, spring. Fire retardant. Good screen or windbreak.
||Soft open shrub. Masses of white flowers, spring. Moist well-drained soil.
||Open shrub with narrow shining leaves. White flowers in terminal clusters. Fast-growing. Moist, well-drained soil. Good background plant.
||Slender, leafy shrub. Cream flowers in terminal sprays, spring. Likes moist, rich soil. Interesting bark as plant ages.
||Soft woody shrub. Large divided leaves. Purple flowers, spring-summer. Orange to scarlet fruit. Heavy prune to rejuvenate.
||Attractive weeping needle-like foliage. Sprays of yellow pea flowers, summer. Good beside ponds. Tolerates poorly-drained soils.
||Compact habit. Yellow flowers, late winter. Tolerates poor soil.
||Spreading habit. Perfumed cream flowers, winter-spring.
||Scrub or Swamp Sheoak
||Compact habit. Grey-green branchlets. Frost tolerant. Bird attracting.
||Attractive silver-grey foliage. Drought and salt tolerant. Fire retardant.
||Showy yellow and red pea flowers, spring. Tolerates coastal exposure.
||Adaptable spreading shrub, tolerates wind and spray. White star flowers, spring-summer.
||Light green foliage. Yellow flowers, spring-summer. Good understorey plant.
||Dense to open habit. Fragrant yellow flowers, winter-spring. Good low screen.
||Foliage covered in silky hairs. Profuse yellow flowers, spring.
||Showy purple pea flowers, spring. Prune after flowering to maintain vigour. Butterfly attracting.
||Prickly foliage. Masses of white flowers, spring. Good understorey plant. Bird and butterfly attracting.
||Compact. White or pale pink flowers, spring. Good understorey plant.
||Low rounded shrub with silver foliage. Yellow button flowers, spring-summer.
||Cottony-grey bush with tiny yellow flowers, summer-autumn. Soil binder. May be hedged.
||Showy white to mauve flowers, summer. Sticky foliage. Drought tolerant.
||Masses of white flowers, summer. Prune to encourage flowering.
||Sprawling shrub with tiny white flowers, spring-summer. Good understorey plant or low screen if pruned.
||Stiff, narrow leaves. Cream flower clusters, autumn. Coastal soil binder. Prune after flowering.
|Pomaderris paniculosa ssp paralia
||Compact shrub with glossy leaves. Small cream flowers, spring. Coastal shrub with reddish new growth.
||Fast-growing. Showy egg and bacon pea flowers, spring. Drought tolerant.
||Succulent foliage. Flowers spring, followed by red berries, autumn. Used as a screen or hedge. Soil stabiliser.
||Matting ground cover. Flowers are followed by burrs.
||Lily with violet, slightly chocolate-scented flowers on long stalks, spring. Plant in drifts for best effect.
||Spreading herb with grey foliage. Yellow flower buttons, spring. Prune to encourage new growth.
||Perennial herb with greyish foliage, spreading to form a mat. Yellow everlasting flowers, spring.
||Prostrate spreading herb, rooting at nodes. Excellent beside ponds.
||Robust amphibious perennial. Erect or floating strappy leaves. Water to 2m deep.
||Perennial herb with tiny blue flowers, spring-summer. Seeds sticky.
||Attractive, long-lived perennial lily. Blue flowers and berries. Flower stems shorter than foliage.
||Black Anther Flax-lily
||Attractive, long-lived perennial lily. Blue flowers and berries. Flower stems longer than foliage.
||Robust, attractive, long-lived, spreading perennial lily. Tolerant of most conditions once established.
||Dense tussock-forming iris. White scented flowers. Good accent plant.
||Spreading herb. Yellow flowers, summer. Moist to wet soil. Ideal for planting around pools.
||Sprawling spreading herb. Moist or wet soils but tolerates areas that dry our in summer. Suitable in or beside pool edges.
||Large purple flower spikes, spring-summer. Dies back to root stock over winter. Excellent for bog garden or beside pools.
||Yam daisy, Murnong
||Tufted perennial herb and has a single yellow flowerhead that attracts butterflies.
||Perennial spreading herb. Foliage feathery. Good habitat in pools.
||Tufted stoloniferous herb. Kidney-shaped leaves. Yellow flowers, spring-summer. Attractive in and around ponds.
||Clumping perennial iris. Purple flowers, spring-summer. Suitable for bog gardens but also tolerates dry conditions.
||Soft foliage. Pink flowers with darker markings, spring-summer. Drought tolerant.
||Vigorous perennial herb. Finely divided leaves. Glossy yellow flowers, spring-summer. Good in or beside ponds.
||Variable succulent foliage. Yellow daisy flowers, spring-summer. Butterfly attracting.
||Pink flower spikes, spring-summer. Plant in drifts for best effect. Drought tolerant once established.
||Sprawling perennial herb. Sprays of purple pea-flowers, spring. Cut back in winter to encourage flowering.
||Slender spreading perennial herb. Tiny flowers on spikes, spring-summer. Wet soil or shallow water.
||Spreading perennial herb. Dark green leaves. Single violet flowers. Hardy once established.
||Perennial grass that grows as tufts with smooth stems and is a useful soil binder for sandy soil.
||Tall clumping grass, with velvety leaves. A graceful accent plant in the garden. Hard prune after flowering.
||Prickly Spear-grass or Coast Spear-grass
||Rounded, rush-like tussock with prickly leaves. Excellent accent plant.
||Ornamental, bright green, tall feathery tussock. Ideal in or around ponds. Non-invasive.
||Robust tussock sedge. Butterfly attracting. Used for erosion control. Good in or around ponds. Provides habitat.
||Tufted ornamental perennial grass. Seeds may irritate skin
||Semi-aquatic herb with erect flowering stems. Terrific habitat plant for waterbirds, frogs and fish.
||Robust aquatic sedge. Excellent habitat for frogs, waterbirds and native fish.
||Tufted perennial sedge to 1m high. Globular flower heads. Soil binder. Accent plant.
||Tussock sedge 2-3m tall. Shining red nuts afer flowering. Prefers moist soil but will tolerate dryness. Butterfly food plant.
||Tufted perennial rush. Bird, lizard and frog habitat. Good in wet landscape.
||Clumping perennial rush. Bird, lizard and frog habitat. Good in wet landscape.
||Robust tufted perennial rush to 2m tall. Bird, lizard and frog habitat. Good in wet landscape.
||Annual or biennial grass with clusters of small flowers in spring-summer.
||Tufted perennial rush. Bird, lizard and frog habitat. Good in wet landscape.
||Tufted perennial rush. Bird, lizard and frog habitat. Good in wet landscape.
||Tufted perennial rush. Bird, lizard and frog habitat. Good in wet landscape or seasonally dry soils.
||Dense tussock to 1m. Grows well under established trees. Accent plant.
||Spreading sedge to 1m tall. Butterfly attracting. Good in or around ponds.
||Variable perennial grass with graceful arching stems. Good lawn grass for shady sites.
||Fast-growing reed. Fluffy flower spikes. Provides food and nesting for waterbirds. Keep contained.
||Large dense tussock. Flowering stems exceed leaves. Landscape accent plant. Bird and butterfly attracting.
||Large dense tussock. Flowering stems equal to leaves. Bird and butterfly attracting. Salt spray tolerant.
||Perennial grass to 1+m tall. Small, fluffy flowerhead. Bird and butterfly attracting. Excellent used in natural landscaping.
||Perennial grass to 40cm tall. Small, fluffy flowerhead. Bird and butterfly attracting. Beautiful grass for gardens.
||Perennial grass to 70 cm tall. Small, fluffy flowerhead. Bird and butterfly attracting. Can be used as a native lawn.
||Perennial grass. Small, fluffy flowerhead. Bird and butterfly attracting. Excellent used in natural landscaping.
||River Club Rush
||Robust perennial sedge. Flowering panicle, summer. Wet soil or shallow water. Waterbird habitat.
||Sprawling perennial tussock. Leaves bluish-green. Attractive golden-brown flowerheads, spring-summer. Attractive used in landscaping or mass planted.
||Spreading succulent perennial. Large purple flowers open on sunny days. Good soil binder.
||Matting herb. Scalloped leaves. Moist to wet soils. Grows well around pools.
||Vigorous vine with creamy star flowers, spring. Attractive feathery seed heads persist.
||Small Leaf Clematis
||Variable trailer or climber. Star flowers, summer. Attractive feathery seed heads persist.
||Prostrate spreading herb, rooting at nodes. Kidney-shaped leaves. Alternative to lawn in light traffic areas.
||Spreading ground cover. Magenta daisy-like flowers, spring-summer. Salt tolerant.
||Open twining plant, usually only noticed when flowering. Sprays of mauve pea flowers, spring.
||Matting ground cover. Red pea flowers, spring-summer.Drought tolerant.
||Matting ground cover. Small fan-shaped pale blue flowers, most of year. Seasonally moist soils,
||Vigorous climber. Showy, creamy-white tubular flowers with maroon markings, spring.
||Succulent, scrambling perennial subshrub. Yellow flowers, spring-summer. Sand stabiliser.
|Botanical Name||Common Name||Plant Features|
|Baloskion tetraphyllum||Tassel Cord-rush||Ornamental, bright green, tall feathery tussock. Ideal in or around ponds. Non-invasive.|
|Carex appressa ||Tall Sedge||Robust tussock sedge. Butterfly attracting. Used for erosion control. Good in or around ponds. Provides habitat.|
|Centella cordifolia||Swamp Pennywort||Matting herb. Scalloped leaves. Moist to wet soils. Grows well around pools.|
|Crassula helmsii||Swamp Crassula||Prostrate spreading herb, rooting at nodes. Excellent beside ponds.|
|Cycnogeton procerum||Water Ribbons||Robust amphibious perennial. Erect or floating strappy leaves. Water to 2m deep.|
|Eleocharis acuta||Common Spike-rush||Semi-aquatic herb with erect flowering stems. Terrific habitat plant for waterbirds, frogs and fish.|
|Eleocharis sphacelata||Tall Spike-rush||Robust aquatic sedge. Excellent habitat for frogs, waterbirds and native fish.|
|Goodenia humilis||Swamp Goodenia||Spreading herb. Yellow flowers, summer. Moist to wet soil. Ideal for planting around pools.|
|Gratiola peruviana||Austral Brooklime||Sprawling spreading herb. Moist or wet soils but tolerates areas that dry our in summer. Suitable in or beside pool edges.|
|Juncus amabilis||Hollow-rush||Tufted perennial rush. Bird, lizard and frog habitat. Good in wet landscape.|
|Juncus holoschoenus||Jointed Rush||Clumping perennial rush. Bird, lizard and frog habitat. Good in wet landscape.|
|Juncus pallidus||Pale Rush||Robust tufted perennial rush to 2m tall. Bird, lizard and frog habitat. Good in wet landscape.|
|Juncus planifolius||Broad-leaf rush||Annual or biennial grass with clusters of small flowers in spring-summer.|
|Juncus sarophorus||Broom Rush||Tufted perennial rush. Bird, lizard and frog habitat. Good in wet landscape.|
|Juncus sp.||Rush||Tufted perennial rush. Bird, lizard and frog habitat. Good in wet landscape.|
|Juncus subsecundus||Finger Rush||Tufted perennial rush. Bird, lizard and frog habitat. Good in wet landscape or seasonally dry soils.|
|Lythrum salicaria||Purple Loosestrife||Large purple flower spikes, spring-summer. Dies back to root stock over winter. Excellent for bog garden or beside pools.|
|Machaerina rubiginosa ||Soft Twig-sedge||Spreading sedge to 1m tall. Butterfly attracting. Good in or around ponds.|
|Myriophyllum crispatum||Milfoil||Perennial spreading herb. Foliage feathery. Good habitat in pools.|
|Ornduffia reniformis||Running Marsh-flower||Tufted stoloniferous herb. Kidney-shaped leaves. Yellow flowers, spring-summer. Attractive in and around ponds.|
|Persicaria decipiens||Slender Knotweed||Perennial herb, leaves stems sometimes red. Bright pink flowers on spikes. Seeds provide food for waterbirds.|
|Phragmites australis||Common Reed||Fast-growing reed. Fluffy flower spikes. Provides food and nesting for waterbirds. Keep contained.|
|Ranunculus inundatus||River Buttercup||Vigorous perennial herb. Finely divided leaves. Glossy yellow flowers, spring-summer. Good in or beside ponds.|
|Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani||River Club Rush||Robust perennial sedge. Flowering panicle, summer. Wet soil or shallow water. Waterbird habitat. |
|Triglochin striata||Streaked Arrowgrass||Slender spreading perennial herb. Tiny flowers on spikes, spring-summer. Wet soil or shallow water.|
Download a PDF version of our Plant List.
Plants for bees
A little information and some useful links about how to attract bees into your garden with indigenous plants.
Fire resistant & retardant plants
Intended as a guide only, view our list of plants that have been found to provide some degree of protection during bushfires.
Most of the species information has been referenced from the book by Bull, M. Flora of Melbourne 4th Edn, Hyland House, 2014.