Plant database

Australia has a wide range of ecosystems driven by climate and environmental conditions and plants have adapted. While many Australian plants are very hardy and adaptable, it is still worth considering these factors, as well as the specific microclimate in which they’ll be growing.

In considering what to grow, we have categorised the plants by their form and size:

Trees – generally have a single trunk, are self supporting and are over 6 metres tall

Shrubs – these often have multiple woody stems and are categorised as over 1 m and under 1 m

Ground covers – generally under 1 metre and can be prostrate, dwarf or herbaceous plants

Grasses and clumping plants – are generally herbaceous with the distinctive flowing shape of grasses

Vines and scramblers – adapted to either growing up or out across the ground

Ferns – those plants without flowers, reproducing with spores

Other – this picks up wetland plants and many others that don’t fit into the above categories

Plant profiles have been written by members, Jeff Howes, Dan Clarke, Heather Miles and the late Warren Sheather. Dan has done final edits. Photos have come from various sources, with special thanks to Alan Fairley. Corrections are welcome. 

Click on a category below to see thumbnail images of all plants in the category, and then click through to more detailed profiles.

Use the search and filtering features in the table below to find plants of interest and then click on a plant’s Image or Title to view plant details.

Please note that the table of plants can be alphabetised by clicking on the heading at the top of each column. 

Also, any plants such as cultivars that use inverted commas e.g. Banksia ‘Giant Candles’, appear after those without any inverted commas, such as Banksia robur

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