Native plants

About local native plants

A local native (or locally indigenous) plant is native to a specific region, having adapted to the soil and climate conditions of that area over many years. 

This differs to the broader definition of ‘native’ that describes the country a plant is from, such as Australian native.

A plant can be locally indigenous to the River Torrens and also an Australian native.


Benefits of local native plants

Local native plants have adapted to local soil, rainfall and climate conditions over thousands of years.  These plants are an important part of the environment and offer many benefits, including:

  • habitat for native wildlife
  • low nutrient and water requirements due to being adapted to local conditions
  • low maintenance
  • flower through winter when many other plants are dormant.


Gardening with local native plants

Local native plants can be adapted to suit a variety of gardens including cottage, formal, courtyard, contemporary and bushland themes.

Incorporating local native plants into your garden helps to create a more sustainable landscape. 

Planting local natives also promotes biodiversity and conservation of species of native plants that are becoming rare, threatened or endangered in their natural habitat.


Information on local natives

Backyards for Wildlife provides detailed information about plants throughout South Australia including:

  • their characteristics
  • growth habits
  • the types of native fauna attracted to them
  • their use in landscaping.

Download the Native Plants in West Torrens brochure pdf (646KB).

Online search engine for native West Torrens plants.

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