PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).
|Craspedia globosa 'Drumstick'|
|Billy Balls, Billy Buttons|
|Originating in Australia, where it is perennial, this quirky hardy annual has a long flowering period, producing bright-yellow, ping pong-shaped flower clusters (glomerules), about an inch in diameter, on strong, straight, unbranched stems rising from basal rosettes of leaves. Excellent for use in both fresh and dried flower arrangements.|
|Sowing and/or growing instructions|
|Sow the seeds in March or April, under glass or in a propagator, on the surface of a good quality seed compost, covering with a fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Keep moist, but not water-logged and transfer seedlings to modules or small pots when they are large enough to handle, planting out in their final positions when all danger of frost is past. Craspedia will tolerate some cold, so if given some protection they may possibly manage to survive the winter. Can also be sown direct after all danger of frost, although since these plants require a long growing season and are, as stated above, susceptible to cold, this may not be a wise plan!|