Common Name: Golden Drumsticks, Golden Balls
Family Roots: Member of the Asteraceae or Compositae (aster) family. Native to Australia. Common family members include sunflower, daisy, chrysanthemum, gerbera, and lettuce.
Personality: Has globose flower heads 1–2 inches in diameter on top of stems. Stems are leafless, 24–32 inches long. Plant is a herbaceous perennial, classed as a dicotyledon. No flower fragrance.
Availability: Late spring to fall.
Stem Length: 24–32 inches
Flower Length: 1–2 inches
Care & Handling: Recut stems under water and place into a fresh flower food or hydration solution. Storage Specifics: Can be held dry for two weeks at 38°F.
Tidbits: The specific epithet name “globosa” means spherical shaped, in reference to the flower head. From the Greek “kraspedon” (an edging, in reference to the wooly fringe of the leaves in some New Zealand forms). The Compositae or aster family is vast, with over 20,000 species, and is also one of the most developed families. It was named Compositae because the flowers are actually a “composite” of many individual flowers into one head. Hence, when children pull one “petal” off at a time, saying “she/he loves me, loves me not” they are actually removing a composite flower, not just a petal. Can be used fresh or dried (lasts for a year, keeps color).