What we grow

Plant height can vary depending on the growing environment. The height categories below are guides only. Many plants can be pruned to keep them to the desired height.

Factsheets are available for most plants listed.  A small number of factsheets are still in development and will be added soon.

Don’t forget to check out how council has revitalised the Gordon White Library precinct using local native plants grown at the MNEC.

Grasses and strappy plants

BOTANICAL NAMECOMMON NAME
Cyperus javanicusJava Sedge
Chrysopogon filipesAustralian Vetiver Grass
Cymbopogon refractusBarbed Wire Grass
Crinum pedunculatumCrinum  Lily
Dianella caeruleaBlue Flax Lily
Dianella longifoliaSmooth Flax Lily
Juncus usitatusCommon Rush
Lomandra longifoliaSpiny-headed Mat-rush

Climbers

BOTANICAL NAMECOMMON NAME
Elaeagnus trifloraMillaa Millaa Vine 
Hibbertia scandens Snake Vine 
Jasminum didymumNative Jasmine
Pandorea jasminoidesBower Vine
Pandorea pandorana Wonga Vine

Ground covers and low-growing plants (under 1m)

BOTANICAL NAMECOMMON NAME
Apowollastonia spilanthoidesBeach Sunflower
Ajuga australisAustralian Bugle
Bacopa monnieriBrahmi 
Chrysocephalum apiculatumYellow Buttons
Coleus eungellaensis Eungella Coleus 
Cordyline murchisoniaeDwarf Palm Lily
Dichondra repensKidney Weed
Gynura drymophila Forest Daisy
Hypoestes floribunda Musk-scented Plant
Lobelia membranaceaNative Lobelia
Murdannia graminea Grass Lily 
Peperomia blandaPeperomia
Viola banksiiNative Violet 
Vitex rotundifoliaBeach Vitex
Wollastonia uniflora Beach Sunflower
Xenostegia tridentata African Morning Vine
Xerochrysum bracteatumEverlasting Daisy

Shrubs (under 5m)

BOTANICAL NAMECOMMON NAME
Abelmoschus moschatus subsp tuberosusScrambling Native Rosella
Acacia holosericeaSilky Wattle
Acacia simsiiSims Wattle
Alpinia caeruleaNative Ginger
Antidesma erostreWild Currant 
Argusia argentea Octopus Bush
Breynia oblongifoliaCoffee Bush
Callicarpa pedunculataVelvet Leaf
Capparis canescensWild Orange
Coleus diversus  Native Coleus
Cordyline manners-suttoniaeGiant Palm Lily
Glycosmis trifoliataPink Lime Berry 
Graptophyllum ilicifoliumMt Blackwood Holly
Hovea longipes (coming soon)Brush Hovea
Leptospermum polygalifoliumWild May
Mackinlaya macrosciadea  Blue Umbrella
Melaleuca bracteata Black Tea Tree
Melaleuca hemistictaGold-dusted Bottlebrush 
Melaleuca paludicolaEungella Bottlebrush
Melastoma malabathricum subsp. malabathricumNative Lasiandra
Memecylon pauciflorum var. pauciflorumPoor-flower Tree
Prostanthera eungella Eungella Mint-bush
Rubus probusNative Rasberry
Scaevola taccadaSea Lettuce
Synostemon albiflorus Showy Sauropus 
Vitex trifoliaBlue Vitex

Trees (5-10m)

BOTANICAL NAMECOMMON NAME
Abrophyllum ornans Native Hydrangea 
Acacia leptocarpaNorthern Wattle
Atractocarpus fitzalanii subsp. fitzalaniiBrown Gardenia
Banksia integrifolia subsp. comparCoastal  Banksia
Capparis arborea Native Pomegranate
Cupaniopsis anacardioidesTuckeroo
Denhamia dispermaOrange Bark 
Hibiscus tiliaceus Cottonwood
Hymenosporum flavumNative Frangipani
Lysiphyllum hookeri Hooker's Bauhinia 
Melaleuca trichostachya River Paperbark 
Melaleuca viminalisWeeping Bottlebrush
Melaleuca viridiflora Broad-leaved Paperbark
Melicope elleryanaPink Evodia
Micromelum minutum Lime Berry 
Pararchidendron pruinosum Snow-wood
Pandanus cookiiCook's Screw Pine 
Pipturus argenteus Native Mulberry
Stenocarpus sinuatusFirewheel Tree
Sterculia quadrifidaPeanut Tree
Syzygium australeCreek Cherry
Thespesia populnea Tulip Tree 
Waterhousea floribunda Weeping Lilly-pilly

Large Trees (over 10m)

BOTANICAL NAMECOMMON NAME
Alectryon connatus Hairy Alectryon
Archontophoenix alexandrae Alexandra Palm
Brachychiton acerifoliusFlame Tree
Calophyllum inophyllum Beauty Leaf
Commersonia bartramia Brown Kurrajong
Corymbia intermedia Pink Bloodwood
Elaeocarpus grandisBlue Quandong 
Eucalyptus exserta Queensland Peppermint
Eucalyptus raveretianaBlack Ironbox
Eucalyptus tereticornis Queensland Blue Gum
Euroschinus falcata Ribbonwood
Flindersia schottiana Bumpy Ash 
Ganophyllum falcatum Scaly Ash
Lophostemon confertus Brush Box
Melaleuca fluviatilis Pendulous Paperbark
Melaleuca leucadendra Weeping Paperbark
Mimusops elengiMimusops
Neolitsea dealbata  White Bollywood 
Pleiogynium timorenseBurdekin Plum
Toona ciliataRed Cedar

Wetland/aquatic

BOTANICAL NAMECOMMON NAME
Philydrum lanuginosumWoolly Frogmouth
Schoenoplectiella mucronata Star Club-rush