I have been working with Craspedia globosa ‘Golf Beauty' for years now. It's common name is billy balls or drum stick, they look like a tiny yellow tennis ball, on a long stick. They are in the Asteraceae family, and are native to Australia and New Zealand. The plant has a rosette of leaves, with the the lollipop flower at the end of it. It will bloom year round in warmer climates and generally grows 4'x 2' tall. It is best to plant by seed in in a spot that will get at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. Light well drained soil is the best, but it does prefer cool roots, gravel is the most recommended mulching material. It makes a beautiful cut flower for a vase, and does really well dried.
photos by Heather Hamilton
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