Australian Native Plants

Paperback - June 2013 - AU $39.95

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All about Western Australian plants, based on decades of research, experimentation and application at Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

Australian Native Plants provides a comprehensive guide to the horticulture of our native plants. Based on nearly 50 years of experience at Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Perth, the book describes the necessary growing conditions for mainly Western Australian native plants and covers some of the more technical aspects such as plant propagation and grafting, the use and benefits of tissue culture, methods of seed collection and storage, and the role of smoke in improving germination. + Full description

Western Australia is home to about five per cent of the world’s vascular plants and contains Australia’s only terrestrial ‘biodiversity hotspot’. Written by experts with an in-depth knowledge of how to grow these plants outside their natural habitat, Australian Native Plants provides the more technically minded professional or enthusiast with information based on decades of research, experimentation and application. It aims to encourage the growing of Australian plants so that they can be used more widely and contribute to interesting, attractive and diverse private gardens and public landscapes in a changing environment.

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"I can highly recommend this book for the wealth of information directly related to home gardening, and also for showing us into the future of the conservation and breeding of our wonderful Australian flora."
Elspeth Jacobs, Growing Australian, pp.12, September 2013

"Readers can use the information to select plants for the garden by working out which ones need regular irrigation, pruning and fertilising or opt to reduce the workload by using species like grevilleas and hakeas which require minimal ongoing care and attention once established."
'Seeds of knowledge', The West Australian, p.7, 28 June 2013

"...written by experts at Perth's Kings Park and Botanic Garden, harnessing decades of experimentation and practical experience. It offers novice gardeners the basics, as well as providing technical aspects for the experienced, such as propagation and grafting. Good photos and some unique insights make this great value."
Helen Young, Weekend Australian, p.7, 29 June 2013


Paperback | June 2013 | $ 39.95
ISBN: 9780643103214 | 144 pages | 270 x 210 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Colour photographs, Illustrations

ePDF | June 2013
ISBN: 9780643106994
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Available from eRetailers


  • Provides detailed technical advice on the growing of Australian native plants
  • Information such as plant breeding protocols for Australian plants not previously published anywhere else
  • Amply illustrated with pictures and diagrams
  • Multi-authored by experts
  • Backed by nearly 50 years of experience at Kings Park and Botanic Garden



Chapter 1 Growing Australian native plants
Mark Webb and Grady Brand

Chapter 2 Groundcovers and shrubs
Grady Brand

Chapter 3 Small and medium trees
Grady Brand

Chapter 4 Arboriculture
Jeremy Thomas

Chapter 5 Propagation
Amanda Shade and Mark Webb

Chapter 6 Seeds
Luke Sweedman and David Merritt

Chapter 7 Tissue culture and cryopreservation
Eric Bunn

Chapter 8 Pests, diseases, disorders and other problems
Aileen Reid, Bill Woods, Kevin Seaton and Elaine Davison

Chapter 9 The selection and breeding of Australian plants
Digby Growns and Mark Webb

Further reading


Mark Webb is the Chief Executive Officer of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority. The Authority manages Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and Bold Park in Perth, Western Australia, and is involved in various horticultural and restoration projects in Australia and internationally. Mark’s specific interest is in the development of Australian native plants for display in home gardens and public landscapes. He sits on a number of local, national and international committees and boards.

Grady Brand, Dr Eric Bunn, Digby Growns, Dr David Merritt, Amanda Shade, Luke Sweedman, Jeremy Thomas and David Blumer (Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, BGPA);
Dr Elaine Davison (Curtin University);
Aileen Reid, Dr Kevin Seaton and Bill Woods (Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, DAFWA);
Rosalie Okley and Julia Berney