Trollius Information – Care and Maintenance

Basic information about Trollius.  Includes Origin, Growing & Cultivation, Common Pests & Diseases, Interesting Facts & Uses,  and Garden Design Tips.

Trollius Origin

T. chinensis by By Manfred Morgner (ka-em-zwei-ein) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, httpscommons.wikimedia.orgwindex.phpcurid=307179
T. chinensis by Manfred Morgner

The genus name, ‘Trollius’ has unknown origins.

The common name of ‘Globe Flower’ is an obvious reference to the round shape of the flower.

This plant is native to the cool Northern Hemisphere, with most species native to China.

Growing and Cultivation

Trollius prefers partial shade to full sun in cool areas.  They prefer wet, clay soils but can thrive in more medium soils if given enough water.

Deadhead after bloom to (hopefully) extend the flowering season, and when foliage starts to look worn, cut back.

This plant dislikes being disturbed, so plant it where you want it and don’t move or divide too often; it may take a year to recover from division.  Division can take place in spring or fall.

A slow grower, Globeflower can take a year or two to get established in a landscape.

Common Pests and Diseases

trollius golden queen close up
Trollius ‘Golden Queen’ close-up

Trollius is pretty disease and pest resistant, with powdery mildew infrequently seen.  To protect against this disease, leave plenty of air flow room around the stems and leaves of this plant.

Interesting Facts and Uses

Frequently used for cut-flowers, the blooms last a good time in a vase!

Fresh Globeflower is toxic to livestock but has so acrid a taste it’s rarely a problem – no cow wants to eat it!

A popular food plant for many insects, especially moths.

T. ‘Superbus’ has won the UK’s Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

Garden Design Tips

trollius golden queen garden
Trollius ‘Golden Queen’ in a garden

The golden to yellow globe-shaped flowers of Trollius beautifully partner blue-flowered shade plants like Brunnera or Pulmonaria, while the ferny, delicate foliage contrasts wider-leaved plants like Hostas and Heucheras.

Purchasing Trollius

To purchase Trollius varieties, please visit our Shade Companion Plants Page.