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PLANTS FOR DRY CONDITIONS ON THE NEPEAN PENINSULA

Over recent years the lack of rain and restrictions on the use of water has been severe on our garden plants. However, there have been few, if any, losses among our local plants.

The soils on this end of the Mornington Peninsula are composed of dry calcareous sand. The natural vegetation is therefore highly lime tolerant and has adapted to withstand low levels of moisture and the harsh coastal environment.   The Nepean Conservation Group therefore recommends that when we have a break in the weather, planting of our local plants be carried out.

We suggest these:

TREES

Moonah, Drooping She-Oak, Coast Banksia, Sweet Bursaria, Coastal Tea-tree.

 

SHRUBS

Coast Beard-heath, Thyme Rice Flower, Coast Pomaderris, Sea Box, Common Correa, White Correa, Sticky Daisy-bush, Peninsula Daisy-bush.

 

TUFTED PLANTS

Small Flower Flax Lily, Tussock Grass.

 

SCRAMBLER

Seaberry Saltbush

 

SMALL PLANTS AND GROUND COVERS

Silky Guinea Flower, Running Postman, Bower Spinach, Karkalla

 

For more information about these plants see our pamphlet: Guide to Indigenous Plants and Problem Weeds of the Nepean Peninsula. Note this is a large file and it requires the free Adobe Acrobat reader which can be downloaded from the following site http://pack.google.com/intl/en/product_info.html?ar

Most of our local nurseries stock some of these plants, however if you would like our guidance in this respect, or have any other queries please phone (03) 5984 1953 or (03) 5982 1727.

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