Trollius X cultorum

Boggy ground, including the marshy places of northern Britain, is the natural habitat of the beautiful wild globe flower, Trollius europaeus. But it, like the larger hybrids, will make its home just as well beside a garden pool.

This species and the hybrids are like large buttercups in flower and leaf, with stalks about 18 inches (45 cm) high, or considerably more in the case of the hybrids. They are an arresting sight, making perfect globes of folded petals in various shades of yellow and orange rising from a mass of bright green, palmate leaves. Plants increase slowly to make large clumps and flower for a long period from early summer.

Plant them 18 inches (45 cm) apart in good, moist soil, perhaps with irises ‘() range Globe’ is one of the deep-coloured globe flowers, the moisture-loving species and hybrids of’ Troll ins. The leaves are handsomely palmate and most ol the hybrids form clumps from 2 to J feet (60 to 90 cm) tall.

For contrast of form – our native yellow flag (/. pseudacorus), or blue /. sibirica, with white markings on the falls. If there is space for a shrub in the background, one of the dogwoods would make an ideal choice.

Famous names among the hybrids are ‘Canary Bird’ and ‘Fireglobe’.

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