Over the years there have been many changes in our knowledge and attitudes towards native plants. Positive attitudes towards conservation have become more entrenched and much effort has been made to conserve and cultivate rate and threatened native plants, in particular by botanic gardens and dedicated members of the Australian Plants Society. Those species with particular horticultural appeal have been included in this edition and their conservation status noted.
With more than 200,000 copies of Australian Native Plants sold since the first edition was published in 1979, it is encouraging to know that the book has been accepted into so many homes and libraries.
In the past 32 years hundreds of new plants have been introduced to cultivation. Many new species and cultivars have featured in each edition.
Authors: John W Wrigley & Murray Fagg