Not Quite Australian Native Plants refer to non-native species that are commonly mistaken for Australian natives due to their similar appearance or growing habits. Examples include Proteas and Leucodendrons, which are actually native to South Africa. While not true natives, they are valued in Melbourne and Victorian gardens for their drought tolerance, unique floral displays, and ability to attract pollinators. They add diversity and exotic beauty to the landscape while requiring similar growing conditions to some Australian natives.
While this category and it’s appearance here may offend some, the truth is that our customers often come looking for these plants in the Native section of our nursery! We think the florists might be to blame for including a lot of them in native Australian style bouquets. But diversity is a thing to celebrate, and if you want to mix some of these would-be Australian natives into your garden, we won’t judge. Just be sure to check with your local council regarding any species that may be considered invasive.