Groundcovers, Climbers, Creepers

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Acacia aculeatissima - Snake wattle

0.2-0.6 m x 1-2 m

Light open sprawling shrub. Branchlets ribbed, covered in short, stiff hairs.

Yellow ball flowers, July - Sept.

Excellent for rockeries or banks.

Acaena novae-zelandiae - Bidgee Widgee

Prostrate x 1-4 m

Perennial herb. Rambling mat plant with sparse to densely hairy stems.

Adaptable, tolerating wet or dry conditions; full sun to shade.

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Acrotriche prostrata - Trailing Ground Berry

Prostrate - 15 cm x 1-2 m

Open trailing plant, stems rooting at intervals, branchlets softly hairy.

Greenish translucent, tubular flowers.

Moist friable soil. Semi-shade to full shade.

Ideal for growing with ferns.

Acrotriche Serrulata - Honeypots

10-30 cm x 0.5-1 m

Slow-growing, dense mounding shrub.

Greenish translucent tubular flowers rich in nectar.

Most well drained soils tolerating dry periods. Semi-shade to dappled shade.

Flowers have a strong honey fragrance.

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Adiantum aethiopicum - Common Maidenhair

10-45 cm x spreading

Carpeting groundcover fern. Fronds tufted aling vigorous rhizomes.

A well known and reliable fern which can cover large areas in ideal conditions. Suitable as a container or basket plant if kept moist and protected from drying winds.

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Austrocynoglossum latifolium - Forest Hounds Tongue

Synonyms: Cynoglossum latifolium

0.5-1.5 m x 0.5-2 m

Weak-stemmed, straggling prickly perennial.

Ovate, hairy leaves with small bluish flowers.

Moist soil in sheltered areas; semi-shade to dappled shade.

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Billardiera scandens - Velvet Appleberry

To 1.2 m high

Thickish, oblong, dull green leaves.

Light climber, pale bell flowers.

Berries were eaten by Aborigines.

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Bossiaea prostrata - Creeping Bossiaea

Prostrate x 0.5-1.5 m

Groundcover, yellow and brown pea flower.

Variable foliage.

Grows well under other plants.

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Brachyscome multifida - Cut Leaf Daisy

10-40 cm x 0.2-1 m

Fast growing, suckering perennial herb forming dense spreading groundcover.

Profuse pale mauve, pink or white flowerheads. Flowers most of the year.

Moist clay soils, tolerating dryness once established; full sun to full shade.

Popular ornamental plant.

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Calystegia marginata - Forest Bindweed

Twining stems to 1-2 m

Creeper with arrow-shaped leaves and white to pink funnel-shaped flowers.

Moist to wet areas; semi-shade to full shade.

Masses of short-lived flowers are produced. Regular pruning is beneficial. Water during dry periods.


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Clematis aristata - Austral Clematis

Climbs to 15+m

Vigorous climber with masses of creamy white starry flowers.

Feathery seed heads persist on the female plant for some time.

Clematis microphylla - Small-leafed Clematis

Climber to 5m high

Dense climber.

Masses of starry cream flowers and fluffy seed.

Well drained soils; full sun, semi-shade.

Desmodium gunnii - Slender tick-trefoil

20-50 cm x 20-50 cm

Slender scrambling herb which dies back to its rootstock in summer. White to yellowish pea flowers.

Well drained soils, tolerating dry periods once established. Full sun, semi-shade.

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Dichondra repens - Kidney Weed

Prostrate, creeping herb, spreads to 2m.

Moist to well drained soils; semi-shade to full sun.

Alternative to grass with light foot traffic.

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Glycine clandestina - Twining Glycine

Twining 0.3-2 m high

A slender, open twiner with bluish-mauve pea flowers.

Stiff, hairy leaves.

Moist well-drained soils tolerating dry periods once established; semi-shade to full shade.

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Glycine tabacina - Vanilla Glycine

Stems 0.2-2 m long

A perennial with racemes of blue to purple flowers.

Well drained soils, tolerating dryness once established; full sun, semi-shade.

Not tolerant of a heavy frost.

Aborigines chewed the liquorice-flavoured tap root.

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Goodenia lanata - Trailing Goodenia

Prostrate x 0.5-1.5 m

Dark green foliage, yellow flowers on long stalks.

Tolerates extended dry periods once established; full sun, semi-shade.

Attractive in a container and trailing amongst other plants.

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Hardenbergia violacea - Purple Coral Pea

Open creeper or wiry scrambler.

Leathery dark green ovate to lanceolate leaves.

Axillary sprays of 10-30 purple pea flowers.

Well drained soils; full sun, semi-shade.

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Hydrocotyle hirta - Hairy Pennywort

Carpeting perennial herb.

Tiny pale yellow flowers.

Round kidney-shaped leaves.

Moist soil; semi-shade to full shade.

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Hypericum gramineum - Small St. John's Wort

25 cm x 5-20 cm

Erect perennial herb, stems often ridged.

Blue-green oblong leaves with orange-yellow flowers in loose clusters.

Moist soils tolerating moisture and summer dryness; full sun, semi-shade.


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Kennedia prostrata - Running Postman

Prostrate x 1-2.5 m

Crinkly and hairy grey-green leaves,

Scarlet long-stemmed pea flowers.

Well drained soils; full sun, semi-shade.

Drought tolerant once established. Grows well in a hanging basket.

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Linum marginale - Native Flax

30-80 cm x 30 cm

Slender erect bluish perennial herb.

Open, clear blue flowers.

Ascending, narrow leaves.

Moist well drained soils; full sun, semi-shade.

Cut back hard in late autumn to encourage new growth.


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Microtis unifolia - Common Onion-orchid

15-90 cm high

Dense spike of several pale to golden-green erect flowers.

Moist to dry soils, well-drained rocky situations; full sun, semi-shade.

May form extensive colonies.


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Pandorea pandorana - Wonga vine

Scrambler or climber 6+ m

Dense and vigorous climber.

Glossy dark green leaves, cream bells.

Moist well drained soil; full sun, semi-shade.

Very showy when in flower. Grows well amongst established trees or over a pergola.

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Pelargonium australe - Austral Storks Bill

30-60 cm x 0.3-1 m

Soft, perennial herb forming a clump.

Aromatic rounded leaves with clusters of white or pink flowers.

Well drained soils, often on ricky outcrops, tolerating dryness once established; full sun, semi-shade.

Useful rockery plant.

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Pelargonium littorale - Coast StorksBill

20-40 cm x 0.3-1 m

Erect perennial herb with long stalked clusters of pink flowers.

Well drained soils; full sun, semi-shade.

An attractive plant for small gardens and containers.

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Platylobium infecundum - Famine Flat-pea

Separated from Platylobium formosum

Prostrate x 1-2 m

Spreading suckering shrub.

Heart-shaped leaves with large yellow & red pea flowers.

Moist to well drained soil. Semi-shade.

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Platylobium obtusangulum - Common Flat-pea

0.6-1 m x 0.6-1.8 m

Spreading, clumping or arching shrub.

Triangular leaves with sharp points. Flowers yellow with red central markings.

Prefers drier well drained soils. Semi-shade.

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Ranuculus lappaceus - Austral Buttercup

10-60 cm x 30-60 cm

Soft, sparsely to densely hairy, tufted perennial herb, long spreading hairs on lower stem.

Singles or pairs of golden flowers on long, erect stalks.

Moist but not stagnant soils; full sun, semi-shade.

A bright, easy to grow herb for permanently moist areas.

Ranuculus plebeius - Forest Buttercup

10-40 cm x 20-60 cm

Tufted perennial herb covered with flattened or spreading hairs. Shiny yellow flowers.

Semi-shade to full shade.


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Rubus parvifolius - Small-leaf Bramble

0.6-2 m x 0.5-3 m

Rambling small shrub to trailing plant covered in hooked thorns.

Short terminal sprays or single axillary deep ping flowers.

Well drained soils; semi-shade to full shade.

Can be trained as a climber.

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Solenogyne gunnii - Hairy Solenogyne

Rosette of dull green leaves with erect flowering stalks with single , terminal, greenish flowerheads.

Prefers moist, shaded positions in poor soils.

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Veronica plebeia - Creeping Speedwell

Prostrate - 30 cm x 1-2 m

Attractive ground cover in shady gardens, lavender flowers.

Moist well drained soils; full sun to full shade.

Spreads readily in ideal conditions, and makes an attractive groundcover in shaded gardens.

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Viola betonicifolia - Mountain Violet

15-30 cm x 15-40 cm

Erect tufted perennial herb.

Basal rosette of dark green leaves.

Large purplish-blue to purple flowers with golden-yellow centres.

Moist to dryish well drained soil; semi-shade to full shade.

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Viola hederacea - Native Violet

10-15 cm x spreading.

Tufted stoloniferous herb forming a dense mat.

Single violet flowers.

Dryish to moist soils; full sun to full shade.

A prolific grower once established.

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Wahlenbergia communis - Tufted Bluebell

15-50 cm x 15 cm

Vigorous erect, branching perennial herb.

Pale to bright blue flowers on long stalks.

Moist well drained soils; full sun.

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Wahlenbergia gracilis - Sprawling Bluebell

10-60 cm x 0.3-1 m

Sprawling annual or perennial herb.

Soft blue bell-shaped flowers.

Full sun; semi-shade.

Spreads readily in garden.

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Wahlenbergia stricta - Tall Bluebell

20-50 cm x 30-40 cm

Erect, clumping herb.

Pale blue or white flowers.

Well drained soils; full sun, semi-shade.