Merri Creek flora and planting guides

The plants of Merri Creek range from tiny groundcovers, bulbs and grasses to river red gums and wattles. Joining our planting activites during the year is a good way to learn about the plants and their preferred siting and conditions.
Adding some locally indigenous plants into your garden or nature strip supports biodiversity, can add to wildlife corridor plantings and promotes their use. The nurseries listed below are specialists and happy to help with plant selection and
Gardens for Wildlife is a program that encourages wildlife-friendly gardens. Programs are supported by Hume and Darebin Councils - visit the website for a full list.

Plant lists, guides

Merri Creek plants – list of locally indigenous plants, from Merri Creek Management Committee.
Your indigenous garden – sustainable gardens for local wildlife – Whittlesea guide on how create a garden, ecological communities, attracting plants, suppliers, design tips.
Gardening with indigenous plants – Merri-bek Council guide.
Plants for Darebins wildlife – from Darebin Council - cultivation tips and habitat values.
Brunswick Communities for Nature – planting to create a biodiversity corridor between Merri and Moonee Ponds Creeks.
Merri Creek fungi guide – ID and information guide on fungi.
Hume City Indigenous plant list - the list includes links through to further information on species.
Ecological vegetation classes of the Merri - listing of the EVCs for Victoria. For further detail go to Bioregions and EVC benchmarks and scroll down the Victoria's Volcanic Plain.
Plant list from Plants of Melbourne's western plains, Australian Plants Society, Keilor Plains Group.
Grasslands - Biodiversity of South Eastern Australia this app aims to build awareness and appreciation of the unique biodiversity of south-eastern Australia’s endangered temperate native grasslands. It contains information on the grassland communities, localities where you can experience them and a comprehensive field guide with images of the plant and animal species that live in them.


Victorian Indigenous Nurseries Co-op - VINC - propagate and sell Melbourne's indigenous plant species.
Ceres - sell a wide range including indigenous and native plants.
Brunswick Communities for Nature - propagate and sell plants to help build a nature corridor in Brunswick.
La Trobe Indigenous Plant Nursery - plants of the Yarra, Merri and Darebin catchments.


            Basalt daisies     wahlenbergia    Calocephalus citreus at Cooper Street Grassland

Some Merri Creek plants - left to right: Brachyscome paludicola - Basalt daisy; Wahlenbergia communis - Tufted bluebell; Calocephalus citreus - Lemon beauty heads.