Native plants


Waverley has 121 native plant species that are local to the area. The plants that occur naturally in our area are suited to the local soils and climate. This means they are generally hardy and drought tolerant and suited to our local animals. Our tough, small leaved plants provide a distinctly coastal character to our landscape.

In some places additional planting is an important way improve the connectivity of our habitat corridors, and will be required in new development. Refer to the Biodiversity Section of the Waverley DCP 2012.

See the Waverley DCP2013, Biodiversity Map.

The brochure on this page gives examples of easy to grow, attractive natives that are available from native nurseries. Also see:

You can purchase plants that are local to the eastern suburbs area from Randwick Community Nursery.

It can be difficult to tell the difference between some native plants and common weeds. Anne Loughran's book "Native Plant or Weed" is a great resource with clear pictures that show the plants of the Sydney region that can be confused with weed species.

Threatened Native plant species and communities

Protecting_and_restoring_iconThe Waverley Area contains a small patch of Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub (ESBS) ; a threatened ecological community. This vegetation community occurs on Aeolian (wind blown) sands, and typically has plants such as Wallum Banksia Banksia aemula, B. ericifolia, B. serrata, Wax Flower (Eriostemon australasius, Lepidosperma laterale, Leptospermum laevigatum, Monotoca elliptica and Grass Tree (Xanthorrhoea resinifera). For more information about Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub, click here.

The threatened plant species, Sunshine Wattle, Acacia terminalis subsp terminalis occursAcecia_Terminalis_iconin one location within the Waverley area. For detailed information about this plant National recovery plan for the Sunshine Wattle (Acacia terminalis subsp. terminalis), click here.

Our native plants are typically low shrubs, grasses and sedges growing in Coastal Health vegetation community. 15 distinct plant communities have been identified.

No: Vegetation Community Name Characteristic Canopy Species Total Area (m2)
1 Beach Grassland Spinefex sericeus 32
2 Sea-cliff Grassland Paspalum vaginatum, Sporobolus virginicus, Zoyzia macranthra 3302
3 Sea-cliff Sedgeland: a) Carex pumila Carex pumila dominant, other species present 262
4 Sea-cliff Sedgeland: b) Baumea juncea Baumea juncea dominant other species present 662
5 Sea-cliff Sedgeland: c) Ficinia nodosa Ficinia nodosa dominant, other species present 7496
6 Sea-cliff Herbland: a) Lobelia alata Lobelia alata, Samolus repens 421
7 Sea-cliff Herbland: b) Dianella congesta Dianella congesta 206
8 Sea-cliff Heath Baeckea imbricata, Banksia ericifolia, Melaleuca armillaris, Melaleuca nodosa, Westringia fruticosa 22044
9 Sea-cliff Scrub Melaleuca armillaris, Melaleuca nodosa, Leptospermum laevigatum 4348
10 Sandstone Moist Heath Banksia ericifolia, Callistemon citrinus, Callistemon linearis. 391
11 Sandstone Dry Scrub Kunzea ambigua 997
12 Low Woodland/ Low Forest Glochidion ferdinandi, Pittosporum undulatum 1041
13 Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub Acacia longifolia, Banksia serrata, Leptospermum laevigatum, Monotoca elliptica 17831
14 Fernland Gleichenia dicarpa 15
15 Imperata Grassland Imperata cylindrica 184
  Other - disturbed   153 

Table: Waverley's Plant Communities


  • Loughran, A. (2006) Native Plant of Weed? Pick the difference. NSW Department of Primary Industries.
  • Fairley, A. and Moore, P. (2010) Native Plants of the Sydney Region, Allen and Unwin, Crows Nest.

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