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Craspedia glauca (Billy buttons)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.4m
Max height
0.2m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Craspedia glauca

Other names

Craspedia richea, Billy buttons, Yellow drumsticks, Common billy buttons, Craspedia variabilis, Craspedia gracilis, Craspedia macrocephala, Craspedia plebeia

Genus

Craspedia Craspedia

Species

C. glauca - C. glauca is a rosette-forming, borderline hardy, variable, evergreen perennial with linear, lance-shaped, or narrowly oblong, hairy, grey-green leaves and stiff, erect stems bearing dense, spherical heads of bright yellow to cream flowers in summer.


Craspedia glauca is: Evergreen

Habit

Erect flower stem, Rosette

Flower

Golden-yellow in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free

Foot and root rot Foot and root rot

General care

Pruning

To dry the flowers, cut as soon as they are fully open and hang upside down in bunches in a warm, dry, dark place.

Propagation methods

Division


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Where to grow

Craspedia glauca (Billy buttons) will reach a height of 0.4m and a spread of 0.2m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Low Maintenance, Gravel, Flower Arranging, Drying, Drought Tolerant, Cottage/Informal, Mediterranean, Rock

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in sun. Protect from excessive winter wet. In cold areas, apply a thick, dry winter mulch. May die back in winter in the coldest areas of its growing range.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Craspedia glauca

Other names

Craspedia richea, Billy buttons, Yellow drumsticks, Common billy buttons, Craspedia variabilis, Craspedia gracilis, Craspedia macrocephala, Craspedia plebeia

Genus

Craspedia Craspedia

Species

C. glauca - C. glauca is a rosette-forming, borderline hardy, variable, evergreen perennial with linear, lance-shaped, or narrowly oblong, hairy, grey-green leaves and stiff, erect stems bearing dense, spherical heads of bright yellow to cream flowers in summer.

Native to

Australia

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Erect flower stem, Rosette


Colour

Flower

Golden-yellow in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free

Specific diseases

Foot and root rot

General care

Pruning

To dry the flowers, cut as soon as they are fully open and hang upside down in bunches in a warm, dry, dark place.

Propagation methods

Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Craspedia glauca (Billy buttons) will reach a height of 0.4m and a spread of 0.2m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Low Maintenance, Gravel, Flower Arranging, Drying, Drought Tolerant, Cottage/Informal, Mediterranean, Rock

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in sun. Protect from excessive winter wet. In cold areas, apply a thick, dry winter mulch. May die back in winter in the coldest areas of its growing range.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8

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