Common Names: Billy Balls, Billy Buttons, Craspedia
Botanical names: Craspedia, (crass-PEE-dee-a)
Availability: May through October
Vase life: 10 to 12 days
Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit
Ethylene Sensitive: No
Description: Firm, one inch, globe shaped flower heads at the end of long slender stems without foliage.
Design notes: These unusual blossoms add wonderful texture and visual interest to floral designs. Billy Balls are perfect for use as a basing material, pave and pillowing.
Purchasing hints: Purchase full colored heads that show no signs of shedding pollen.
Conditioning: Remove two inches of the stem with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral preservative before storage or usage.
Additional notes: These flowers dry well for use in permanent arrangements.