Tips Growing Globeflower

Tips Growing Globeflower

Trollius europaeus 'Superbus' Globeflower

Description, Cultivation and Growing Tips for Globeflower

  • Globeflower is a herbaceous perennial plant that generally flowers yellow in spring or early summer.
  • They are another meadowland plant closely related to the buttercup but flower 1-3 feet tall depending on variety.
  • Globeflowers are easy to grow, disease resistant and good for cutting.
  • Keep the soil moist, they like a boggy soil that isn’t too wet in winter.
  • Mulch with an organic compost in winter to protect the roots.
  • Plants will grow and flower in partial shade.


Common Names and Varieties of Globeflower

  • Globeflower is the common name for Trollius which is a family of around 20 species and many hybrids and cultivars.
  • The petals of Trollius europaeus are curved over the top of the flower to appear like a ball or spherical globe giving the plant its common name.
  • Many of the other species such as Trollius chinensis have more open, flatter flowers. Golden Queen is a variety with prominent stamens that form a crown on the head of each flower. It grows taller than most varieties and the flowers can be 2-3 inches across.
  • Trollius europeaeus ‘Superbus’ has an AGM and is readily available.
  • Lemon Queen, Fireglobe and Canary bird are descriptive varieties for growing.

Trollius chinensis 'Golden Queen' Globeflower

Unusual Facts about Globeflower

  • All Globeflowers and Trollius species are poisonous to cattle and other livestock but not butterflies which thrive on the leaves.
  • The globe is formed by the inward curve of the sepals and there are no true petals.
  • Pale yellow flowering Alabaster tones well with Lobelia cardinalis which also enjoys a wet soil

Old & Odd Tips From Gardeners Tips – Globeflower

  • Collect the seed from your own plants and sow immediately whilst the seed is fresh.
  • In our experience the plants do not transplant easily. Sow seed where you want them to flower.

Globe Flower, Die Trollblume, Trollius europaeus

Horticultural Sources and Advice

  • Globeflower are slow clump formers with a mass of fibrous roots.
  • You can often obtain seeds or plants from our mail order company of choice Thompson & Morgan
  • Hybrids of Globeflowers are labeled Trollius x cultorum and are probably crosses between three species: Trollius europaeus, Trollius asiaticus and Trollius chinensis.

Maj 2005
Trollius europaeus ‘Superbus’ Globeflower and Trollius chinensis ‘Golden Queen’ Globeflower by KingsbraeGarden CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Trollblumen by vasile23 CC BY 2.0
Globe Flower, Die Trollblume, Trollius europaeus by Dandelion And Burdock CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
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