Plants of the Peninsula
Nearly 700 species of indigenous plants have been recorded on the Mornington Peninsula – representing almost one fifth of Victoria’s flora.
Mapping of native vegetation on the peninsula has shown that we are one of the most ecologically diverse local government areas in Victoria, with over 60 vegetation types mapped.This diversity is due to the range of natural environments we have here on the peninsula - our coast, creeks, hills and plains provide a variety of habitats for our local native plants and animals to live.
Vegetation types – a snapshot
Along our 190 kilometers of coast, the vegetation ranges from the saltmarsh and mangroves of the internationally significant Ramsar wetland in Hastings to the thick cliff top scrubs of Mt Martha, Mornington and Mt Eliza. Along the sandy beaches of Port Phillip Bay you’ll see pockets of Coast Banksia Woodland, whilst the Nepean peninsula is dominated by ancient stands of Coastal Moonah Woodland.
Our extensive network of creeks, totaling 440 kilometers in length, traverse almost all vegetation types - from humid ferny areas to shaded forest and dense shrubby heathland. When the creeks reach the coast some form estuaries, like those at Mt Martha and Merricks. At Rosebud West lies Tootgarook Swamp, the largest natural inland wetland on the peninsula, covering over 380 hectares.
The peninsula’s hinterland is dominated by tall eucalypt forests like those of Arthurs Seat, Red Hill and Main Ridge. Whilst the northern peninsula is characterised by a more open woodland environment, remnants of which can be found in Mt Martha and Mt Eliza.
For descriptions and species lists for over 30 of the most common vegetation types on the peninsula, download the Mornington Peninsula EVC Profiles(PDF, 133KB).
Have you got remnant native vegetation on your property?
Contact our Natural Systems team on 1300 850 600 to find out more about the vegetation types on your property and get advice on how to manage them.
Which plant to plant?
If you’re thinking about planting on your property, choosing local native plants that are suited to your region of the Mornington Peninsula will help maintain our diverse, natural environment.
To help you select local native plants that are suitable for your region, the Shire has developed a series of regional re-vegetation guides, that can be found on the Shire Nursery page. These guides are complimented by the great range of local native plants stocked by the Shire Nursery who can also provide advice on plant selection for your property.
You can also download the Indigenous plants and problem weeds of the Nepean Peninsula(PDF, 8MB) guide for information on the native plants and environmental weeds specific to this area.