Indigenous plants are those that occur naturally in a particular area. Not all Australian native plants are naturally found in this area.
There are lots of great reasons for growing indigenous plants in your garden:
- they provide food for native birds such as honeyeaters, parrots and rosellas
- they are hardy and often don’t need much water
- they have evolved with the local conditions so they are likely to grow better than plants native to other parts of Australia or the world
- they are culturally significant as they provide a link to the past
- they create a landscape's identity and help make an area recognisably different to other areas
- indigenous plants and other Australian native plants can provide diverse colours, textures and food in your garden
- they contribute to sustainability through the creation of healthier ecosystems and increasing habitat for animals
Indigenous plant guide
We have partnered with the Cardinia Shire Council to create an indigenous plant guide.
The guide highlights a selection of plants that grew in the Casey Cardinia area before European settlement. It highlights the importance of protecting areas of remnant vegetation in Casey and Cardinia, and encourages residents to grow indigenous native plants in their gardens and farms.
Find out more
For more information please contact the Environment and Heritage team on 9705 5200.