Billy ButtonsYellow Billybutton

Billy buttons are attractive Australian native plants that are widespread throughout Australia, and also enjoyed as a home garden plant. This group of flowering plants are best known for the golden-yellow globe-shaped flowers that are on the end of a stalk. In some species the leaves are at the base of the plant. Related to the daisy, Billy buttons are an erect herb and depending on species, growing up to a height of 50 cm.

Billy buttons describe plants in a number of genus, the main being Craspedia, with some described species in the genus Calocephalus. Some species are known as Woollyheads.

The genus Craspedia are native to Australia and New Zealand, growing in a variety of habitats from sea level to the Alps. This genus is found in all states of Australia except the Northern Territory.

Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT

The genus Calocephalus include two species Calocephalus platycephalus (Yellow Billybutton) and Calocephalus knappii (Billybutton).

Another genus Pycnosorus are also commonly known as billy buttons or drumsticks.

In the wild, Billy buttons can be seen flowering during spring and early summer, whilst in the arid regions, they will even flower after significant rain and are often seen among some spectacular wildflowers displays.

White Paper Daisy with Yellow Billy Buttons, Owen Springs Reserve, NT
White Paper Daisy with Yellow Billy Buttons, Owen Springs Reserve, NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Eudicots
  • Clade: Asterids
  • Order: Asterales
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Subfamily: Asteroideae
  • Tribe: Gnaphalieae
  • Genus:
    • Calocephalus
    • Craspedia
    • Pycnosorus

Billy ButtonsYellow Billybutton

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