Craspedia globosa – Billy Buttons

A very attractive perennial plant with long stemmed golden globe flowers. Long flowering, from spring to summer, on a narrow rosette of leaves which are covered in woolly hairs. They naturally grow in rather swampy places, so need a moist but well drained soil to be at their best. Very frost tolerant, and can take dry periods and coastal sites. Grows from an underground rhizome, so if the plant dies off, it can resprout.
Propagate from seed, which germinates in a couple of weeks, normally. Great cut flowers, long lasting, stout stems, with an eye catching shape. Can also be used for drying. This plant has now been renamed Pycnosorus globosus.

Family:Asteraceae
Scientific Name:Craspedia globosa
Common Name:Billy Buttons
Other Common Names:Drumsticks
Plant Type:Clumping perennial, Bulb or bulb-like
Height:0.5 ~ 1 metre
Width:0.1 ~ 0.3 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow, Gold
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Cold climate, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Border plant, Wow factor
Special Uses:Cut flower
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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