Deb in Cedar Falls sent me a picture the other day of a plant that a friend had given her a few years ago. She didn’t know what kind it was, so she asked me.
I have seen this before and it was driving me crazy until I came across a picture on the Better Homes and Gardens website.
They call it a globeflower, but that isn’t what MY globeflower looks like. Hmmm.
It turns out there is a Chinese Globeflower, which is what Deb has, and a European globeflower which I have. There also seems to be an American Globeflower, although when I was doing the search, some of the photos for the European came up as the American. They are all in the family Ranunculaceae, or the buttercup or crowfoot family.
This is one of the main reasons why when you go to the nursery to ask for a particular plant, you have the scientific name with you. And not just Trollius, as in this case. You need to specify Trollius chinensis or Trollius europaeus. And to make it even more clear as mud, there are also Trollius cultorum (hybrids) and Trollius asiaticus (from Asia) to look through, too. I also came across a Trollius laxus.
Of course, you can always just get them all, or whatever comes your way, because they are all pretty nice to look at.
Trollius does best in moist soil and sun to part sun. I have mine on the north side of our house and it isn’t overly wet there, but it seems to do well. Of course, we get some sun even on the north side of our house in the late spring through early fall, so it probably loves it.
Posted under Plant Identification
This post was written by Eileen Loan on June 27, 2011