In early summer globular flowers which look like giant buttercups appear on the erect stems. These blooms measure 2 in. or more across, and although often recommended as cut flowers they do not last well in water. This plant will flourish only where its basic requirement can be satisfied – adequate moisture. If your soil is not plentifully supplied with humus, add peat or compost at planting time. Trollius is an excellent plant for growing in boggy ground by the side of ponds or lakes. Mulch in spring and water in dry weather. Cut the stems down to ground level in autumn.

VARIETIES: The hybridsof T.europaeus may be listed under T.cultorum or T. Hybridus in the catalogues. Basic details are height 1.5-2.5 ft. Spacing 1.5 ft.

Flowering period: May-June. Colours range from cream to orange – ‘Alabaster’ (pale cream), ‘Canary Bird’ (pale yellow), ‘Goldquelle’ (bright yellow) and ‘Orange Princess’ (bright orange). T. ledebouri is a taller plant with later and more open flowers – height 2.5-3 ft. Spacing 1.5 ft.

Flowering period: June-August. The variety you are most likely Jo find is ‘Golden Queen’ (bright orange with prominent yellow stamens).

SITE AND SOIL: Moisture-retentive soil is essential – thrives in sun or partial shade.

PROPAGATION: Divide clumps in autumn or spring. [ T. hybridus

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