Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Pycnosorus globosus

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - October

Common name drumsticks
Scientific name Pycnosorus globosus Benth.
Family  Asteraceae

Genus: From Greek, pycne, thick, dense; and sorus, heap. Referring to the dense flowerheads.

Species: Referring to the round flowerheads.

Distribution Inland regions of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
Native habitat Heavy soils in open sites which are usually inundated during winter.

Dwarf to small semi-woody perennial.

Flowering/fruiting Flowers in spring and summer.

Location in Garden

In the annual beds at the base of the Connections Garden.


This is a highly ornamental species which deserves to be more widely cultivated. It has striking silver grey foliage which looks good all year around and glorious bright yellow globular flowerheads.You can see why the common name is ‘drumsticks’. These make excellent, long-lasting cut flowers and also dry well for use in dried flower arrangements. In your garden, they will grow on most soils with partial or full sun.