Ground Covers

These herbaceous, slightly woody or strap like plants may seem insignificant in reserves and bushland areas, but they displace native ground covers and thus reduce the biodiversity of natural areas, which alters the whole ecology of that community.

Many of these plants are still found for sale in nurseries and local markets. Like all categories of plants in this booklet, active management is a key issue which includes regular pruning to maintain plant health and vigour and the constant removal of spent flowers to prevent seed set.

Vinca major - flower Blue Perrywinkle Vinca major
Aristea Blue Stars Aristea ecklonii
Gaura lindheirmeri flower image Butterfly Flower Gaura lindheirmeri Gaura parviflora
Gazania spp image Gazania Gazania spp
Impatiens walleriana varieties image Impatiens (Busy Lizzy) Impatiens walleriana varieties
Phyla canescens Lippia Phyla canescens
Tropaeolum majus Nasturtium Tropaeolum majus
Erigeron karvinskianus Seaside Daisy Erigeron karvinskianus
Sphagneticola trilobata flower Singapore Daisy Sphagneticola trilobata
Chlorophytum comosum Spider Plant/Ribbon Plant Chlorophytum comosum
Tradescantia albiflora image Wandering Jew (Trad) Tradescantia albiflora, T. zebrina, T. spathecea
Dietes bicolor Wild Iris Dietes bicolor, Dietes iridioides