Welcome to the home page for the Australian Native Plants Society (Australia) – formerly known as the Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants (ASGAP). We have been growing and promoting Australian Plants since 1957.

If you are interested in the cultivation, propagation, conservation and appreciation of Australia’s native flora, we hope you will spend some time here.


Photo:  Conostylis setigera (Brian Walters)

Study Groups

Early on in the Society’s history it was realised that knowledge about the cultivation of Australian native plants was very limited and there was little published information available. One way to help overcome this deficiency was to set up specialist Study Groups whose aim was to record the successes (and failures) of growing Australian species in various localities. Over the years these Groups have contributed valuable data which is assisting today’s growers. But there is still a great deal to learn…

Joining a Study Group

Membership of a Study Group is available to any member of an ANPSA-affiliated Regional Society.


Every two years ANPSA holds a Conference and Seminar hosted by one of its Member Societies, on a rotating basis.  The most recent conference was held in Kiama, NSW in September 2022.

The next Conference will be held in Melbourne, Victoria from 30th September to 4th Oct 2024, with the theme “Gardens for Life”.  The conference will be  hosted by members of the Australian Plants Society (Vic).

A promotional video is available describing the venue, topics for discussion and speakers, the two-day excursions to the Australian Garden at Cranbourne and the Melton Botanic Garden and the three Pre- and Post-Conference tours to the Grampians/Wimmera, the Great Ocean Road/Otways and South Gippsland/Wilsons Promontory. Regular newsletters are also being issued to provide details of the Conference and excursions.

You can view the video and newsletters here.

Click the ‘Find out more’ link below for full details on the conference.


Image: Epacris impressa, Floral emblem of Victoria

Native Plant Profiles

Our Gallery contains over 700 images of a wide range of Australian native plants. But it’s not just a simple image gallery – each plant photo is accompanied by a concise profile which includes a distribution map, botanical features and cultivation/propagation notes. The gallery is arranged alphabetically by genus.


Australia Day Honours 2024

Congratulations to Margaret Pieroni and Judith Anne Blyth who were both awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in this year’s Australia Day Honours.

Margaret is well known and admired for her works and enthusiasm for our wildflowers. Her many achievements in the Society include her long time work as the leader od ANPSA’s Dryandra Study Group and as joint author (with Tony Cavanagh) of the ‘The Dryandras’, the definitive book on this spectacular genus.

Judith is well known in the conservation and peace groups in Perth.  Both Judith and her husband, John, are avid bird watchers and active volunteers in what is now Birdlife Australia. Judith has illustrated cards and publications for Birdlife and volunteered at the Conservation
Council of Western Australia since 1986.

Garden Design Study Group

This Study Group’s website has been substantially updated and now includes a wealth of information, ideas, insights and  stories on garden design.

You can view the website at the link below.

Joining the Society

Because of the structure of the Society as eight independent Member Societies, there is no single national body that individuals can join. This is not normally a problem for Australian residents who will find their needs met by joining the Member Society which operates in the state or territory where they reside.

Become a member, join your local society by clicking on their corresponding logo and following the instructions.

Click on the Read More link below to discover some of the many benefits in becoming a member of the Society.


What is an Australian Native Plant?


The following definition has been adopted by ANPSA:

An Australian native plant is any plant indigenous to Australia as included in the Australian Plant Census except those identified therin as naturalised. An Australian native plant also includes any hybrid or cultivar in which all parents are Australian native plants.

An Australian plant native to a particular state of Australia is any plant indigenous to that state, as included in the Australian Plant Census except those identified therein as naturalised. An Australian plant native to a particular state of Australia also includes any hybrid or cultivar in which all parents are Australian plants native to that state of Australia.

Adopted: ANPSA Biennial Meeting 10/8/2013

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