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American Globeflower

Trollius laxus

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American Globeflower flowers

American Globeflower flowers

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Plant Height:  12 inches

Flower Height:  18 inches

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3b

Other Names:  Buttercup

Description:

A wonderful native globeflower presenting cup shaped, pale yellow blooms with numerous golden yellow stamens; use where color is needed in partial shade areas; thrives in boggy soil; a nice addition to a pond or stream margin

Ornamental Features

American Globeflower has masses of beautiful buttery yellow cup-shaped flowers with gold anthers at the ends of the stems from mid to late spring, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its serrated lobed leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

American Globeflower is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

American Globeflower is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

American Globeflower will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 18 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by division.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden 
Applications
Flowers 
Ornamental Features