Learn How to Grow Craspedia (Billy buttons), growing it is easy. It is native to Australia and belongs to the daisy family. Plant forms the rosette of leaves and yellow spherical flowers that resemble small tennis balls and are very decorative. It blooms year round in warm climates and can grow up to 4 – 24 inches tall, depending on the variety.
USDA Zones — 9 – 11, * can be grown as annual in other zones
Difficulty — Easy
Other Names — Billy balls, billy buttons, woollyheads and drumstick flower
How to Grow Craspedia
Propagation and Planting
It can be propagated from division or seeds. Propagation from seeds is quick and easy. Sow seeds in spring or in summer. Sprinkle seeds on soil and rake the surface gently to cover the seeds. It takes about 1 -3 weeks for seeds to germinate.
Once the seedlings are ready, dig holes of same depth and twice width of root ball and plant the seedlings, spacing each 10 inches apart.
For growing craspedia (billy buttons) choose a position that is warm, open and receives full sun.
Requirements for Growing Billy Buttons
Exposure to full sun is required, at least 6 six hours of direct sun helps the plant to bloom profusely.
Craspedia grows in all types of soil, except acidic and there are no other special requirements. Practically, it is better to grow it in light and well drained soil.
Caspedia grows in fairly dry but cool soil, so it is better to water only when you find top one inch layer dry.
Craspedia is usually a low maintenance plant and doesn’t require special care.
Growing craspedia doesn’t require application of additional fertilizer however, you can fertilize it once in the beginning of growing season with slow release 7-12-7 fertilizer . While planting, you can incorporate compost or aged manure.
As craspedia prefers cool roots, it is better to cover it with a mulch of gravel.
Pests and Diseases
It is resistant to diseases and rarely attacked by a few common pests like spider mites, snails and slugs.
The plant is used as a decorative plant near borders. You can also plant it in pots and window boxes.