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
Vinca major
Aristea
Aristea ecklonii
Gaura lindheirmeri flower image
Gaura lindheirmeri Gaura parviflora
Gazania spp image
Gazania spp
Impatiens walleriana varieties image
Impatiens walleriana varieties
Phyla canescens
Phyla canescens
Tropaeolum majus
Tropaeolum majus
Erigeron karvinskianus
Erigeron karvinskianus
Sphagneticola trilobata flower
Sphagneticola trilobata
Chlorophytum comosum
Chlorophytum comosum
Tradescantia albiflora image
Tradescantia albiflora, T. zebrina, T. spathecea
Dietes bicolor
Dietes bicolor, Dietes iridioides