Desert Flame: Amazing Golden Buttons

by Australian Flowers

Desert flames are beautiful succulents that are native to Australia. They are perfect for beginning growers because they are easy to care for and require minimal maintenance.

Here are some essential facts about desert flames that all beginning growers should know:

Chrysocephalum Desert Flame (Yellow buttons Desert Flame)

Chrysocephalum is an attractive, low-growing shrub with bright yellow flowers that appear in late spring and summer. The plant is native to Australia and is drought-tolerant once established. It grows best in full sun to partial shade and in well-drained soil.

It is an excellent plant for beginning growers because it is easy to care for and can tolerate neglect. It is also a good choice for those who want to add colour to their landscape without much work.


  • Chrysocephalum apiculatum: This variety is characterised by its small, bright green leaves and yellow flowers. It is a popular choice for landscaping in dry, sunny areas.
  • Chrysocephalum semipapposum: This variety is similar to C. apiculatum but has slightly larger leaves and flowers. It is also a popular choice for landscaping in dry, sunny areas.
  • Chrysocephalum uliginosum: This variety is characterised by its large, dark green leaves and white flowers. It is a popular choice for landscaping in wet, shady areas.


Desert Flame

The daisy-like flowers appear in shades of yellow, orange and red from late winter through spring. This flower will brighten any garden with its colourful display and is an excellent plant for mass planting or as a border. It is also drought and frost tolerant.

Its flower heads are composed of numerous small florets that open from the outside. Each flower has eight stamens arranged in 2 rows. The flowers have both male and female organs and are pollinated by bees, flies and beetles.


It is an evergreen shrub that typically grows to about 1-2 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide. The leaves are oval-shaped and green, with a silvery-white underside. The flowers are yellow and appear in clusters at the ends of the stems. Desert flame is drought tolerant and prefers full sun to partial shade. It is an excellent choice for xeriscaping or rock gardens.

It is an excellent choice for xeriscaping or rock gardens. Desert flame has silvery-green leaves and yellow flowers that appear in clusters at the ends of the stems.


Chrysocephalum is easy and only requires well-drained soil and full sun. It is a long-lived, evergreen perennial that will reach approximately 50cm in height with a similar spread. Desert Flame produces small, yellow flowers from autumn to spring, followed by black fruits.

Desert Flame is an excellent plant for hot, dry locations and can be used as an informal hedge or screen. It is also helpful as a filler plant in native gardens.

Where to Grow

Chrysocephalum apiculatum, commonly known as Desert Flame, is a beautiful Australian native perfect for growing in all gardens. Whether you live in the desert, the mountains, or by the sea, Desert Flame will show stunning yellow blooms from late spring to early summer.

It is best to plant it in a place where it will be in full sun for at least 6 hours a day. Desert Flame can tolerate all kinds of soil as long as it is well-drained. Desert Flame will do best if given some afternoon shade if you live in an area with the high summer heat.


Yellow Buttons

Chrysocephalum is a genus of flowering plants in the daisy family. The desert flame, Chrysocephalum apiculatum, is native to Australia and has been introduced to other parts of the world, including the United States. 

It is a drought-tolerant plant that grows in arid or semi-arid climates. Desert flames are low-growing perennials that typically reach 8-12 inches. They have narrow, silver-grey leaves and yellow flowers bloom in summer and fall.


Exposure to full sun is necessary for Desert Flame to perform its best. Plants grown in the partial sun may become etiolated, with spindly stems and fewer flowers. Desert Flame prefers well-drained soils and will not tolerate having “wet feet.”

If you live in an area with high rainfall, consider planting Desert Flame in a raised bed. Adding organic matter to the soil will also help improve drainage.


Chrysocephalum requires light to germinate, so sow your seeds in a sunny spot. It can tolerate some shade but will flower best in full sun.

Soil type

Desert flame is not fussy about soil type but prefers well-drained soil. Once the desert flame is established, it is quite drought-tolerant.

Soil drainage

Well-drained soil is a must for Desert Flame. The plant does not tolerate soggy conditions, so if your soil is heavy, consider planting Desert Flame in a raised bed. Amend the soil with organic matter to improve drainage if necessary.

Desert Flame is tolerant of most soil types but prefers sandy loam or clay loam soils. The pH should be between 6.0 and 7.5.

Soil pH

Desert Flames

Desert flames prefer a soil pH between 5.5 and 7.5. Because of this, they are commonly found in disturbed areas like roadsides.

It is essential to test your soil before planting desert flames. Your local nursery or gardening store can purchase a soil testing kit.

Specific diseases & Pests

These plants are mainly resistant to pests and disease but may be affected by occasional infestations of scale or mealybugs. Watch for slugs and snails if you grow this plant in moist conditions.

Desert flames are not typically bothered by specific diseases but may be susceptible to viral infections if exposed to stressed or ill plants. Keep an eye out for leaf discolouration, stunted growth, or other unusual symptoms and isolate any affected plants immediately. Regularly inspecting your plants and promptly removing any sick individuals is the best way to prevent the spread of disease in your garden.

Propagation methods

Ways to propagate this plant are by division or by seed. Desert flames are easily divided in spring or fall. Dig up the plant and carefully pull it into smaller pieces, ensuring each section has a sound root system. You can then replant the divisions in new areas or pots.

  • To propagate by seed, sow the seeds in late winter or early spring.
  • Start the seeds in a sterile seed-starting mix and place them under grow lights.
  • Keep the soil moist but not soggy, and wait for the seeds to germinate, which can take anywhere from one to four weeks.
  • Once the seedlings are big enough to handle, transplant them into individual pots and care for them like adult plants.
  • Desert flames can also be direct-sown outdoors in spring, but they may not flower the first year if started this way.

Suggested uses

These plants can be used for mass planting, as a border or in a rock garden. Desert flame is an excellent plant for container gardening.

It is excellent for attracting bees and other beneficial pollinators to the garden. It helps to reduce evaporation from the soil and can help to suppress weeds. Desert flame is also tolerant of poor soils, salt and wind.

Frequently Asked Questions about this Flower

Is Desert Flame native to Australia?

Yes, the Desert Flame tree is native to Australia. It is a small tree that typically grows to around 10-12 feet tall, and it has a rounded canopy with beautiful flame-like red flowers that bloom in the spring. The Desert Flame tree is drought tolerant and does well in warm climates. It is also used as an ornamental tree in landscaping projects.

How do you prune a desert flame?

Pruning a desert flame is very similar to pruning any other type of succulent. The main goal is to remove any dead or dying branches and leaves, as well as to shape the plant into the desired form. Make sure to use sharp scissors or clippers, and disinfect them between cuts with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
It’s also important to water the plant properly. The soil should be kept moist, but not wet, and you should avoid getting water on the leaves. A good way to water a succulent like this is by using a spray bottle. You can also mist the plant twice a day if it’s in direct sunlight.

Is Chrysocephalum a perennial?

Yes, it is a perennial. It grows best in full sun to part shade and well-drained soils. Chrysocephalum thrives in poor soils and is drought-tolerant.
Chrysocephalum vernal is a mat-forming perennial with small, green leaves. In late spring small yellow flowers appear on slender stems. The flowers are followed by interesting hairy seed heads which remain on the plant long after the flowers have faded. Chrysocephalum can be used as an edging plant or in rock gardens.

How do you take care of Chrysocephalum?

Chrysocephalum is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. There are about 220 species in the genus, which are found throughout the world.
Chrysocephalum needs well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. It’s a drought-tolerant plant that doesn’t like wet feet, so be sure to give it good drainage. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer every few months during the growing season. deadhead faded blooms to encourage new blooms.

How do you take care of Chrysocephalum?

Chrysocphalum is a genus of evergreen shrubs and small trees in the family Asteraceae. It includes about 150 species, most of which are natives of Australia.
They require well-drained soil in a sunny or partially shaded position. They can be propagated from cuttings taken from semi-mature wood taken in late autumn or winter, or from seed.
Chrysocphalum does not generally require much care once established but can be trimmed lightly after flowering to maintain its shape.

How do you propagate Chrysocephalum?

Chrysocephalum is a genus of flowering plants from the family Asteraceae. There are about 120 species, most of which are endemic to New Zealand. They are small shrubs or perennial herbaceous plants.
The easiest way to propagate Chrysocephalum is by taking stem cuttings in late winter or early spring. Cut a healthy stem about 10 cm long, and remove the lower leaves. Dip the cut end into a rooting hormone powder, then plant it in a pot filled with moist potting soil. Put the pot in a warm place and keep it moist until new growth appears. Then you can transplant the young plants into your garden.

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