Feature Flower for May - Craspedia
One flower I have been seeing more and more of lately is the Craspedia. With their fun color, shape and texture they provide, I can see why they are becoming more popular. Only available naturally in Yellow but they can be artifiaclly tintes. Craspedia provide a tight, round, textured blossom approximately 1/2 - 1 1/2" on top a leafless stem.
Common Name: Craspedia
Botanical Name: Craspedia Globasa (cras-PEE-dee-a glo-BO-sa)
Also know as Billy Balls or Woolyheads, the flower represents good health. Craspedia is a genus of daisies. They are native to Australia and New Zealand where they grow in a variety of habitats from sea level to the alps. Craspedia is available most of the year and can also be dried. While they may look fancy and expensive, Craspedia is actually very affordable.
Interesting Fact: If you try to grow Craspedia, plants will start growing as a single rosette, and each rosette generally produces only 1 flower stalk. A risky, but effective way to force basal shoots is to let the plant dry out until the leaves wilt, then water the plant. New basal shoots will appear in a few weeks. Pruning appears to be ineffective, usually resulting in the death of the plant.
Faye K.-Owner/Designer at Blooming Envy since 2005.