Trollius chinensis 'Golden Queen'
Tall flowerstalks spring from unassuming foliage rosettes in late spring, producing large intricate flowers. Note that the foliage in the picture does not belong to the trollius.
||normal garden soil (not too dry)
||seems to do best with a few weeks cold treatment
detailed seed-starting info below
|Seed ripens||late July|
|Behold, the source of its common name: the nearly perfectly spherical flowerbuds |
|The plain species in bud|
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|Jenn||May 22, 2005||I have a question about the Trollius. I have a full shade to part sun garden. On my plant, I was instructed to plant it in shade, which I have done. Should I move it?|
Ours are growing in two areas. One is in our shade garden in the Northeast corner of the house. Those get early-morning and late-afternoon sun. The others, in our side garden, get sun for the first half of the day. Both do fine. I wouldn't worry right now - if they don't flower as well as you think they should, move them to a location that gets just a bit more sun.
|Carol||Jun 01, 2005||I have a question about the Trollius. When I cut the flowers should I go down to the base of the plant or just to the next set of leaves? |
In my experience, trollius doesn't rebloom, so you may as well cut the stalks all the way down to the basal foliage.
|Gabriela||May 27, 2006||Is this plant aggressive or invasive? I was reading about Trollius in a garden magazine and it said this plant will take over the garden. Please let me know. Thanks so much.|
Even though it's in the buttercup family, which sports some very agressive members, I've found the opposite to be true with both species of trollius I grow - they do not spread by roots nor do they self-seed in my garden. While self-seeding should occur given the right garden conditions, rampant spreading is unlikely.
|Susan Opalka, Girdwood, Alaska||Mar 31, 2009||I have not found the yellow trollius to be at all invasive in our gardens. It grows in full sun and shade, each blooming beautifully. I do have difficulty propagating the trollius. It seems to have a mind of its own, some years there are baby plants all around and other years there are none. I would love suggestions as the propagation of this lovely plant. Thank you, Susan|
Propagation from seed isn't difficult, as long as you heed its requirements: a period of cold moist treatment, before moving to room temperature for germination. I start mine fairly early (in January), to allow for 4-6 weeks of cold treatment.
|Ruby M. Decker||May 12, 2009||I Have reached the ripe age of eighty-two and it seems that for a quarter pof thes years I have been trying to find and buy the orange trollius or globe flower. I have an abundance of the yellow variety'but would very much like to obtain the seed for the orange variety. Picture of the orange Princess appear especially beautiful. I am still a very avid gardener, and am always tryinng to add more beauty to my yard and garden. I Hope you can be of help to me.
I don't have any seeds at the moment - maybe later this season, if my second-year plants flower.
|Kathie, Anchorage, Alaska||May 16, 2009||I have found the trollius to be very aggressive in my beds. In fact, the delphiniums and columbine that lived there first have disappeared. I'm wondering if the trollius are to blame - they have taken over. In fact, the ones I have were given to me by a friend who was trying to thin them from her garden. Is it possible that some species are aggressive and others aren't? |
I wish ours were more aggressive. It could certainly be a more vigorous species, or perhaps a matter of having just the right gardening conditions for this plant to thrive.
|Juna||Apr 03, 2010||I had heard that the flowers of this plant make a medicinal tea and is drank in China for health maintenance. Is this true? Given that it's in the raununculaece family, isn't it supposed to be poisonious? Would appreciate any info on this.|
|Alla, Cape Cod, Mass||Mar 10, 2011|| I'm trying to find a plant that will look good with this plant in my garden- bloom at the same time, in part shade. Blue or red. Any ideas?
Thank you, Alla |
|Kara||May 22, 2012||I am having a hard time finding Orange Trollius seeds for sale...any ideas or specific companies I might try?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated,.
Thank you, Kara|
|elaine smith||Sep 23, 2013||i have a trollius plant in my garden could you please advice me when to cut back for winter and how far down do i cut it thank you|
I'd wait till it's knocked back by a hard frost, then cut it all the way down to the ground.
- Seed from '00 trade. Baggy 70F (10%G, starting 14d) - 35F (4w) - 70F with light (17%G)
- Seed from '02 garden. Baggy 35F (4w) - 70F with light (75%G, 3-15d)
- Seed from '04 garden. Baggy 35F (31d) - 70F with light (35%G, 3-20d)
- Seed from '06 garden. Baggy 35F (29d) - 70F (73%G, 3-12d)
- Seed from '07 garden. Baggy 35F (4w) - 70F (52%G, 3-10d)
- Seed from '12 trade. Baggy 35F (57%G, 9-13w) - 70F (8%G, 3d)
- Seed from '12 trade, cold-stored. Baggy 35F (10w; 23%G, 8-10w) - 70F (39%G, 4-7d)
Not sure what causes the year-to-year variability in germination success rate. Light does not appear to be essential.
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