Learn about the history and benefits of indigenous plants in Bayside.
Indigenous plants are the original flora, or plants, that occur naturally in a given location. Because they have evolved to the conditions within the local environment, indigenous species are well adapted to the soils, topography and climate of the area.
Growing indigenous plants are perfect for growing in your own garden because:
Prior to European settlement, Bayside was considered to have comprised four main vegetation types: heathland, woodland, swamp and coastal vegetation. In 1911–12, Dr Sutton, a member of The Field Naturalists Club of Victoria, compiled a thorough census of the Sandringham Flora naming 448 plant species.
Since 1911, well over 260 of these listed species have since disappeared from Bayside and many more are now considered rare or threatened. Large tracts of natural heathland, bushland and coastal vegetation have been progressively cleared.
Bayside's conservation reserves contain the last remaining pockets of the rare Sandringham Heath, which is critically important, not only as a home to native animals but in providing us with a snapshot of our disappearing natural heritage.
Here are some examples of remaining Ecological Vegetation Communities (EVC) along our coastline and in our 8 inland conservation reserves:
Get your indigenous plants from our Community Nursery.