Globeflower Trollius europaeus

Globeflowers prefers damp soil and provides a splash of colour in wet meadows, on riverbanks, in damp woodland and occassionally damp rock ledges. It is a large member of the buttercup famliy and is self fertilising, but can also be pollinated by insects.


Features tightly bunched, globe-like bright yellow flowers atop tall stems. The globeflower has green, deeply toothed leaves are split into five lobes at the base of the plant, and into more than five on the stem.


Flower diameter: 20-45cm.

Plant height: 30- 60cm.


Common. Protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981.



When to see

May – July


  • The “globe” shape is made up of ten sepals, rather than petals, which have taken on the role of attracting insects. The true petals are narrow and contained within the globe.

Common name


Species name

Trollius europaeus

IUCN Red List status


When to see in Scotland

May – July

Where to see in Scotland

Scottish Wildlife Trust reserves such as Falls of Clyde or Carron glen.

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