Craspedia globosa
“Billy Buttons”

Perfectly spherical yellow flowers are cute as a button! This little-known tender perennial deserves more attention for its adorable ping pong ball-sized flowers 1-2” across that stand out against the silvery evergreen foliage. Durable blooms —lasting nearly two weeks in a vase— make superb cut flowers fresh or dried . Hardy to 20°F, this drought-tolerant Australian native forms a 1’ tall leafy mound with robust flower stems that grow 2’ tall above the grass-like foliage; spreads 2’ wide. Thrives in full sun and hot, dry conditions and is virtually carefree, with few pests or diseases. Grows best in fertile, well-draining soil but is tolerant of most soils. Blooms nearly year-round in warm climates; in cooler regions, grow as an annual. Happy plants may indulge in a little friendly self-sowing. Ideal for alpine rockeries, cottage gardens or containers.

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Full Sun
Average Water

USDA Zones 9-11
(annual elsewhere)