How to grow Trollis


A well-grown group of troll us in full
flower is a really beautiful sight. This flower belongs
to the buttercup family, and it is one of the finest
border plants in existence. Some know it as the globeflower.

Of all the bright color masses you can
get from hardy perennials, one of the most striking
is given us by the globeflower when we have it in a
place where it will feel at home. Only tulips can rival
them in glory of color. Their flowers are not so overlarge
and they do not

stand up separately. You might say they
appear to be small ­flowered tulips with permanent
roots. They differ from the buttercup botanically in
that there is no green calyx covering the borders; the
colored “petals” are really the outer sepals.

Their roots are black and wiry, differing
from those of the buttercup, which are large, fleshy,
and light-colored:

Trollius grows quite naturally in damp
places but will grow in average garden soil, provided
it is not too dry. Where summers are hot and dry, trollius
may be grown bordering a rock pool or bog garden; they’ll
even grow in partial shade. Plants are hardy and like
best a rich deep soil that has plenty of humus to hold

Apparently no soil is too wet for trollius,
and a border of them can soon get too dry. Wetness never
winterkills them but wilting in the drought of summer
is fatal. Any transplanting should be done – in early

It is better to start with plants; they
are slow to come from seeds.  Set plants in your
garden as early in the season as the ground may be readied
if you wish to enjoy this waxy, fragile, buttercup like
flowers the same season.  More care and watering
is necessary to get them established if you set them
out late in: the season.

Those who have successfully grown them
fail to see why they are not seen more frequently in-gardens.
They can be planned for you to have bloom throughout
the spring season as well as considerable bloom in the

Trollius ledebouri and its varieties are
as lovely as any. This variety is from Siberia, and
its clear sparkling yellow blossoms open wider than
any of the others. Trollius europaeus is stout and sturdy’
yellow and grows from 8 inches to 2 feet tall. Orange
Queen, Canary Bird; Excelsior, and Eleanor are early
varieties of this species; all are commendable, and
all blossom earlier than Trollius ledebouri.

T. caucasicus is from western Asia; bearing,
in May, large bright yellow ball-shaped flowers on stems
as long as 3 feet Trollius Golden Queen can be sown
in flat areas in February. It takes over a month for
them to germinate. Their brilliant orange flowers are
semi doubled-and remind one of water lilies. They’ll
often bloom a second time in fall if seeds are not allowed
to form.

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