Don looked at Yellow Buttons, an Australian native plant that thrives on neglect.
Common name: Yellow buttons
Botanic name: Chrysocephalum apiculatum (sold as Helichrysum ramosissimum)
A variable species, but usually seen as a small, suckering herb. It has silvery or greyish, hairy leaves and clusters of bright yellow flower heads on stems to 15cm long. Flowers are produced in spring, summer and other times throughout the year.
Yellow buttons grows naturally throughout Australia in a variety of habitats.
tubs or baskets
low maintenance garden
cheerful, bright yellow flowers
most forms are frost tolerant
Growing conditions vary depending on the form. Most require a dry, sunny position and good drainage.
Yellow buttons can be propagated from seed, but cuttings are more reliable. Numerous named forms are available from garden centres and specialist native plant nurseries.