Plants of the Peninsula

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  • Interested in planting or protecting native vegetation on your property?
  • Want to learn more about plants native to the Peninsula?
  • Not sure what is a weed?

We have nearly 700 species of indigenous plants on the Mornington Peninsula, representing almost one fifth of Victoria's flora! 

Local native plants provide important habitat for wildlife and support the character of the Peninsula.

Choosing local native plants for your property

Thinking about what to plant on your property?

Choosing local native plants that are suited to your area is a simple way to a low-maintenance garden.

Planting local also provides important habitat for native wildlife, and helps to maintain the local character of your area.

To help you select local native plants that are suited to your area the Shire has developed a series of plant guides. You can find these on the Peninsula Plant Guides page. 

The Shire Nursery stocks a great range of local native plants and offer advice on plant selection for your property.

Protecting natural bushland on your property

  • Only 30% of natural bushland remains on the Mornington Peninsula.
  • 60% of this important habitat occurs on private property.
  • What you do on your property counts!

We can help you learn more about the types of vegetation on your property and how best to manage and protect it. 

You might also be eligible for a discount on your rates for doing so. The Shire offers a Conservation Land Rate incentive to eligible properties to encourage best practice conservation land management.

Find out more on the Conservation Land Rate page or contact the Natural Systems team on 1300 850 600 to learn more.

Native vegetation types (EVCs)

Local native plants occur in unique groupings known as Ecological Vegetation Classes or EVCs.

An EVC is the standard unit for classifying native vegetation types in Victoria. Each EVC has a descriptive name and number (e.g. “Coast Banksia Woodland EVC 002").

Over 60 EVCs occur across the Peninsula – making us one of the most diverse local government areas in the state.

Native vegetation maps - EVC distribution

To view current and historical distribution of EVC's on the Peninsula, download the maps below. These maps are best viewed on your computer screen (rather than printed out) where you can zoom in to see the detail for your area.

Download: Native Vegetation Map - Historical EVC Distribution(PDF, 6MB)

Download: Native Vegetation Map - Current EVC Distribution(PDF, 8MB)


Plant lists for common native vegetation types (EVCs)

The Shire has developed plant lists for the most common native vegetation types (EVCs) that occur on the Peninsula. These documents also include helpful information on each native vegetation type - what it looks like, the environment it occurs in and where it's found.

The plant lists are a great reference for anyone interested in understanding, protecting, and restoring the unique biodiversity that occurs in their area.

Download: Coast Banksia Woodland Plant List(PDF, 185KB)

Download: Coastal Alkaline Scrub Plant List(PDF, 219KB)

Download: Damp Sands herb-rich Woodland Plant List(PDF, 203KB)

Download: Grassy Woodland Plant List(PDF, 271KB)

Download: Heathy Woodland Plant List(PDF, 76KB)

Download: Herb-Rich Foothill Forest Plant List(PDF, 232KB)

Download: Lowland Forest Plant List(PDF, 268KB)

Download: Swamp Scrub Plant List(PDF, 205KB)

Download: Swampy Woodland Plant List(PDF, 237KB)

Environmental and noxious weeds

Visit our Environmental and Noxious Weeds page to learn more about the weeds that threaten our natural environment and how you can help manage them.