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Trollius x cultorum

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
TROLL-ee-us kul-TOR-um
Description

Trollius x cultorum or Globeflower is a striking, cool weather perennial with ball-shaped, yellow or orange flowers. It is native to damp areas of northern Europe and in North Carolina is only suitable for gardens located in the mountains. As the summer progresses, the plant may show a decline.  Cutting the foliage back as the foliage declines will give your garden a neater appearance.  Divide clumps in the late summer to early fall.

The flowers are bowl-shaped with a dominant central section of upright petal-like sepals.  They are said to resemble double buttercups.  

Performing at its best in damp environments, it makes a nice addition to a moist rock garden beside a stream or a wildflower garden near a pond.

This species is an artificial hybrid.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  This plant will not do well in the summer heat of the south.  Can experience issues with powdery mildew.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Rock and Crevice Garden
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Alabaster'
    Pale yellow flowers.
  • 'Cheddar' or 'Taleggio'
    Pale yellow, tissue-like petals.
  • 'Earliest of All'
    Orange-yellow flowers.
  • 'Etna'
    Yellow-orange flowers.
  • 'Lemon Queen'
    Lemon colored flowers.
  • 'New Moon'
    Creamy yellow flowers.
  • 'Orange Crest'
    Yellow flowers.
  • 'Orange Princess'
    Orange flowers.
  • 'Superbus'
    Lemon-yellow flowers.
'Alabaster', 'Cheddar' or 'Taleggio', 'Earliest of All', 'Etna', 'Lemon Queen', 'New Moon', 'Orange Crest', 'Orange Princess', 'Superbus'
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#perennials#rabbit resistant#disease resistant#pest resistant#deer resistant#herbaceous perennials#cool weather plant#cutting garden#wet soils tolerant#clay soils tolerant#dry soils intolerant#heat intolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Alabaster'
    Pale yellow flowers.
  • 'Cheddar' or 'Taleggio'
    Pale yellow, tissue-like petals.
  • 'Earliest of All'
    Orange-yellow flowers.
  • 'Etna'
    Yellow-orange flowers.
  • 'Lemon Queen'
    Lemon colored flowers.
  • 'New Moon'
    Creamy yellow flowers.
  • 'Orange Crest'
    Yellow flowers.
  • 'Orange Princess'
    Orange flowers.
  • 'Superbus'
    Lemon-yellow flowers.
'Alabaster', 'Cheddar' or 'Taleggio', 'Earliest of All', 'Etna', 'Lemon Queen', 'New Moon', 'Orange Crest', 'Orange Princess', 'Superbus'
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#perennials#rabbit resistant#disease resistant#pest resistant#deer resistant#herbaceous perennials#cool weather plant#cutting garden#wet soils tolerant#clay soils tolerant#dry soils intolerant#heat intolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Trollius
    Family:
    Ranunculaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe
    Distribution:
    Mountains
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant attracts butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Colorful
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 0 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7b, 7a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    The flowers are typically solitary, and range from 1" to 2.5" across.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The glossy basal leaves can reach lengths of up to 7". They are divided into toothed segments. The stem leaves are considerably smaller.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Description:
    The 2' to 3' stems are sturdy.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Patio
    Pond
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rain Garden
    Rock Garden
    Water Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Diseases
    Insect Pests
    Rabbits
    Wet Soil