The Ultimate Guide to Fresh & Dried Billy Buttons

Whether you've grown them from seeds in your backyard.

Had them in a beautiful dried flower bouquet or dried flower arrangement.

Or even if you've noticed them blossoming at the local park or gardens.

Billy Buttons really do take your breath away.

It's almost like God's placed a sprinkle of confetti right there in front of you!

Billy Buttons - especially our dried billy buttons.

Have significantly grown in popularity in recent times.

So today, we'll be going through the following:

About Billy Buttons

Where to buy dried billy buttons?
Where are Billy Buttons Native to?
Are Billy Buttons Perennial?
Are Billy Buttons Hard to Grow?
How Tall do Billy Buttons Grow?
How to Grow Billy Buttons.
How to Dry Billy Buttons.
How Long do Dried Billy Buttons Last?

Let's dive in.

About Billy Buttons

Craspedia Globosa, known colloquially as Billy Buttons, Drumsticks or Woolyheads are a genus of attractive, flowering plants.

They contain a long stem and beautiful flowering head rested on a rosette of wooly-haired leaves.

We love using these golden woolyheads in our flower arrangements, they look parricularly stunning next to native flower arrangements.

Where to buy Dried Billy Buttons?

At Milla Rose, we have bunches of dried billy buttons available and ready to ship Australia Wide. 

Where are Billy Buttons Native To?

Billy Buttons are native to Australia and New Zealand where they grow in many different habitats, from sea level to the Alps.

They can be found in all regions of Australia except the Northern Territory.

Are Billy Buttons Perennial?

Billy buttons are indeed perennial, meaning that they grow for more than two years and are long lasting.

Are Billy Buttons Hard to Grow?

Billy Buttons are an extremely tough plant, are easy to grow and do not require much ongoing attention or care.

They are extremely frost and drought tolerant, bloom in Spring and Summer and due to their underground rhizome nature - can even re-sprout if the blooms ever die off.

They are a great choice for a low maintenance garden or courtyard and can withstand a variety of climates.

How Tall Do Billy Buttons Grow?

A fully grown Billy Button plant varies between 0.5m and 1m tall.

How To Grow Billy Buttons:

Billy Buttons are best grown in rather swampy places - thus need a moist but well drained soil to really thrive.

Purchasing the Seeds & Soil

First up you will need to decide what variety of Billy Button you want.

You'll then need to purchase the subsequent correct seed or seedlings and remember that the best time for rearing is spring or summer.

Make sure the soil you use isn't acidic.

Sowing the Seeds

If you start with seeds, you will need to let them germinate in a controlled pot environment with soil 1 inch deep.

From here, cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil.

Make sure that you choose a location that is exposed to at least 6 hours of sunlight each day. This can be indoors or outdoors.


Craspedia are very drought resistant, so you should only water the seeds if the top layer of soil becomes dry.


Once you notice a visible seedling, which should take between 1-3 weeks depending on the variety, it's time to transplant.

Dig a hole that's twice as wide as the depth of your pot and ensure that each seedling is at least 25cm apart.

About Dried Billy Buttons

Dried Billy Buttons are a one of the most popular dried flowers around.

They look fantastic in a bouquet by themselves or even in conjunction with other flowers in a stunning preserved flower arrangement.

They come in a variety of colours, including yellow, white and pink.

How Do You Dry Billy Buttons?

In order to dry billy buttons, tie a bunch together and hang them upside down in a warm, dark and dry place, such as a cupboard, storeroom or shed for 2-4 weeks.

How Long Do Dried Billy Buttons Last?

Dried billy buttons can last for several years if kept in a cool, dry place away from directly sunlight.

We love incorporating these gorgeous golden balls in our arrangements, such as in our most popular dried native flower arrangement!