Natives of the north temperate zone, where they
inhabit moist or swampy places.
The roots are thick and fibrous and the leaves
are palmately lobed or divided.
The stems are leafy, of variable stature, according
to species, and bear up to fifteen sepals with
numerous stamens in the centre.
Trollius europaeus reaches one and a half to
two feet, with lemon-yellow flowers, two inches
Trollius asiaticus is of similar height with orange
These two have been used to produce the many fine
varieties of garden origin.
Trollius excelsior, two feet, has large flowers
of deep orange.
Trollius ledebouri, from Siberia, reaches two
feet, with orange flowers, and blooms after the
Easily grown in any deep, moist, loamy soil in
partially shaded borders or by ponds or streams
and in a position where there is shade or moderate
exposure to the sun.
Excellent plants for the waterside.
Propagate by division or from seed.
The flowering season is in May and June for Trollius
europaeus and Trollius asiaticus, and later for
Trollius – Globe Flower
Eighteen inches to two feet.
Flowers yellow or orange, May and June.
Resembles a giant double yellow Buttercup, having
the cut foliage of the Ranunculus
tribe, and its fondness for moist clayey loams.
It should be planted singly or in groups in the
herbaceous border in October or February; it will
live in light soils, but wants a strong staple
with plenty of moisture to do itself justice.
The double ball-like flowers are carried well
above the foliage on stiff stalks.
Cut down the dead litter in autumn, prick over
the ground and top-dress.
Divide and replant every fourth year.
The original types are Trollius Europæus,
buttercup yellow, and Trollius Asiatcus, orange.
Of the former, giganteus and excelsior are extra
large specimens; Fortunei (double) is a fine orange;
Caucasicus (“Orange Globe”), an new
introduction with very large blooms.