Billy Buttons

Billy Buttons
Billy Buttons | Drumsticks | Bachelor's Buttons | Craspedia variabilis

Any guesses for why these sunny guys are also known as Drumsticks? Joyful pom-poms that attract bugs and bees and oh yes! Humans too — these blooms are beloved worldwide and are one of our best floral exports! They’re actually related to the daisy and if you looked closely on a real bloom you will find up to 200 daisy-like flowers! Varieties of Billy Buttons grow all over Australia and in South Australia their flowering signalled to the Narugga Peoples that it was time to move to coastal areas because the fish were now plentiful.

Endemic to:

Perth, Peel, South-west, Great Southern — primarily Noongar Countries, specifically; Wajuk, Kaniyang, Pinjarup, Wardandi, Bibbulman and Minang

It blooms:

August – December, Djilba – Kambarang (Noongar)

References:

Unknown, 2019, Australian Curriculum: Science Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority https://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/media/5653/ccp-tbi-f-6-ver5-online.pdf