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Trollius (Globeflower)
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Including Trollius chinensis, Trollius cultorum, Trollius europaeus, and Trollius x cultorum

Trollius

Globeflower

Gracing gardens since the 16th century, these marvelous yellow-hued blooms inspired their name, which translates to “basin” in Latin or “globe” in German. Globeflowers are undemanding perennials that look best en masse and are the perfect choice for the waters’ edge, a boggy spot, or the border, given a moisture retentive, organic-rich soil and shelter from hot sun.

A sterling addition to bouquets, the Buttercup-like blossoms perch on straight stems above handsome, deeply divided glossy leaves and promise a long summer fling with regular deadheading.


Trollius ‘Alabaster’  full sun  partial shade

Reminiscent of Mother-of-Pearl or King Tut’s alabaster vessels, the light creamy white color that imbues these large blooms brings a quiet elegance to the garden. Layered chiffonlike petals embellish stylish cup-shaped flowers, while below deeply chiseled, green glabrous foliage grows into an attractive, moisture-loving basal clump.

Developed by George Arends some sixty years ago, this exquisite cultorum hybrid can be intermingled with the chartreuse sprays of Alchemilla mollis ‘Auslese’.

Blooms early June – mid-July.

Size: 2' 0" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Trollius ‘Alabaster’ (P-1673)
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Trollius chinensis ‘Golden Queen’  full sun  partial shade
Trollius chinensis Golden Queen Trollius chinensis Golden Queen

Bearing a crown of 12 or more narrow vertical petals surrounded by an outer ring of cupped soft orange sepals, this Trollius is known as the “Queen of the Buttercups.” Gleaming dark green leaves—serrated, toothed and finely cut—meld a vigorous basal clump that launches the sturdy 3 ft. tall flowering stems in no need of staking.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 2' 0"–2-1/2' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


Trollius chinensis ‘Golden Queen’ (P-1410)
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Trollius x cultorum ‘Cheddar’  full sun  partial shade
Trollius x cultorum Cheddar

Pale yellow, tissue-like petals fashion an exquisite, nearly double, shallow open cup. Casting a soft feminine mood on the May garden, the sumptuous blooms pose above an attractive mound of shiny foliage carved into small sections. A Dutch introduction, ‘Cheddar’ deserves to find its way into more gardens, where it will flourish in damp open sites matched with companions such as Sanguisorba obtusa or Geranium ‘Espresso’ .

Blooms June–July.

Size: 2' 0" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Trollius x cultorum ‘Cheddar’ (P-1411)
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Trollius x cultorum ‘Lemon Queen’  full sun  partial shade

Steeped in old-world allure, the gleaming flush of lusty deep green lobed foliage coronates large double lemon yellow globes. A 1920s selection that shares lineage with Trollius europaeus, Trollius asiaticus and Trollius chinensis, this hybrid's splendid chiffon-like flowers alight tall sleek stalks, flaunting showy stamens and a composed beauty. 'Lemon Queen' demands cool moist soil and easily rules a woodland's edge with confidants such as Astilbe 'Perkeo' and low growing Anemones.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 2-1/4' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Trollius x cultorum ‘Lemon Queen’ (P-0487)
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Trollius europaeus ‘Superbus’  full sun  partial shade

Distinguished by overlapping, incurved petals bathed in cool lemon-yellows, beautiful globes gracefully alight foot long olive-green stems. A polished foliar mass grounds the bounteous one to two in. blooms. Maintaining a fresh look even when exposed to drier conditions, the large richly green leaves are rounded and divided into 5 parts with each lobed leaflet emargined by prominent teeth.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 2' 0" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Trollius europaeus ‘Superbus’ (P-1412)
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