Globeflower Trollius europaeus

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care


T. europaeus is a variable herbaceous perennial forming compact clumps up to 80cm tall. Its leaves are up to 12cm wide and deeply divided into 3-5 lobes; each wedge-shaped segment is often further lobed and toothed. Clear lemon-yellow, spherical flowers 3-5cm in diameter are borne from late spring into early summer

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Globe Flower, European Globeflower.

    • Common names

      Trollius aureus, Trollius caucasicus, Trollius europaeus var. subintegerrimus, Trollius europaeus var. intermedius, Trollius intermedium, Trollius vulgaris, Trollius laxus.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Globe flower adds a bright splash of color to gardens with its bold yellow blooms, enhancing visual appeal.
    • Habitat for Wildlife: It provides nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinating insects, supporting biodiversity.
    • Tolerates Wet Soil: It can thrive in moist ground, making it suitable for waterside plantings or damp garden spots.
    • Low Maintenance: Globe flower is relatively easy to care for, with minimal pruning and upkeep requirements.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Anti-inflammatory: Trollius europaeus has been traditionally used to reduce inflammation.
    • Diuretic: It is sometimes used to promote the production of urine and alleviate fluid retention.
    • Antispasmodic: The plant has been used to relieve spasms of the muscles.
    • Febrifuge: Trollius europaeus has traditionally been used for reducing fever.
    • Emmenagogue: It has been used to stimulate menstrual flow and treat menstrual disorders.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Globeflower’s petals can be used to create a natural dye, imparting a soft yellow color to fabrics and yarns.
    • The plant has been traditionally used as a rennet substitute in cheese-making due to its coagulating properties.
    • In the past, globeflower was sometimes utilized as a hair rinse for blond hair to enhance golden tones.
    • Due to its ornamental beauty, globeflower can be planted in garden ponds and water features to provide aesthetic appeal.
    • An infusion made from globeflower has been used for cleaning and brightening wood floors and furniture.
    • The sturdy stems of globeflower can be used in flower arrangements as a natural support for other blooms.
    • The dried flowers of globeflower can be incorporated into potpourri mixes for a subtle fragrance and color enhancement.
    • Globeflower has been used in some cultures as a protective charm against malevolent spirits when placed at the doorways of homes.
    • The seed pods of globeflower can be collected and used in crafting and decoration, especially in wreath-making.
    • Children have historically blown on the globular seed heads of dried globeflowers, much like dandelions, to play and make wishes.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Globe Flower is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Globe Flower is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Protection: Trollius europaeus, commonly known as Globeflower, is often associated with the symbol of protection due to its robust and hardy nature in the wild. It is believed to embody the ability to withstand harsh conditions and protect itself.
    • Perseverance: The Globeflower's capability to thrive in damp, heavy soils and its persistence in blooming year after year speak to the quality of perseverance, often inspiring people to persist through challenges.
    • Innocence: With its bright, typically yellow, bowl-shaped flowers, the Globeflower is sometimes associated with purity and the innocence of childhood, symbolizing simplicity and a carefree nature.
    • Cheerfulness: The cheerful appearance of the Globeflower, with its uplifting color and form, is thought to bring joy and positivity, symbolizing lightheartedness and good spirits.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Globe Flower should be watered regularly to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Typically, watering once a week with about 1 to 1.5 gallons of water should suffice. However, during the hotter, drier months, you may need to water more frequently, especially if the plant is in full sun and the soil is drying out faster. Conversely, reduce watering during cooler, wetter periods to prevent root rot. Always check the soil moisture level before watering to gauge if additional water is needed.

  • sunLight

    Globe Flowers prefer a location with full sun to partial shade. Place them in a spot where they can receive at least 6 hours of sunlight a day for optimal growth and flowering. They can tolerate some light afternoon shade, which can be beneficial in hotter climates to prevent scorching of the leaves.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Globe Flowers thrive in a range of temperatures, typically between 60°F and 75°F, which are ideal for their growth. They can survive minimum temperatures down to about 0°F and can tolerate up to the high 80s°F, but prolonged exposure to temperatures outside this range can be detrimental to the plant's health.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune Globe Flowers to remove spent flower heads and encourage a second bloom. Additionally, cutting back the foliage after the first frost in the fall helps maintain plant health. The best time for a more thorough pruning is in early spring before new growth begins.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Globe Flower thrives in a soil mix that is moist, well-draining and rich in organic matter, with an ideal pH of 6.0 to 7.5. A mixture of loam, peat, and some sand is beneficial for proper drainage and fertility. Regular addition of compost or well-rotted manure can enhance the soil conditions.

  • plantRepotting

    Globe Flower typically does not require frequent repotting as it grows well in the same spot for several years. However, it can be repotted every 3 to 4 years to replenish the soil and divide the clumps if necessary.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Globe Flower prefers high humidity levels but is tolerant of a range of conditions. It naturally grows in moist environments, so replicating a humid atmosphere will support healthier growth.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in partial shade, keep soil moist.

    • Outdoor

      Part sun, moist soil, shelter from strong wind.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-7 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Globe flower (Trollius europaeus) begins its life cycle as a seed, which upon favorable conditions germinates in the soil, typically in spring, to develop a small root system and shoot. The shoot grows into a rosette of leaves at the ground level, absorbing sunlight and nutrients to fuel further growth. After establishing a firm root system and foliage, it advances to the flowering stage, usually in late spring or early summer, producing distinctive, bright yellow, globe-shaped flowers that are attractive to various pollinators. Following pollination, the flowers develop into fruit, which are capsule-like structures containing several seeds. When the fruits mature, they release seeds back into the environment to continue the propagation cycle. The plant is a perennial, thus after the flowering and seeding stages, it may die back to the ground in colder climates during winter, before regrowing from the same root system in the following spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Trollius europaeus, commonly known as the globe flower, is propagated predominantly through seed sowing or by division. For seed propagation, it's best to sow the seeds as soon as they are ripe in the late summer to fall. However, for many gardeners, division of this perennial in early spring or in the fall after flowering is the favored method. It involves carefully lifting the parent plant from the ground using a spade or fork, ensuring as much of the root system as possible is kept intact. The clump should then be divided into smaller sections, each with at least one growing point. These sections can then be replanted in the ground at the same depth they were previously growing, spaced about 12 to 24 inches (approximately 30 to 60 centimeters) apart to allow enough room for growth. Adequate water should be provided to help the new divisions establish.