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Trollius albiflorus
western globeflower

Distribution: Chiefly in the Olympics and Cascades mountains of Washington; British Columbia to Washington, east to the Rocky Mountains.

Habitat: Subalpine and alpine wet meadows and slopes, blooming as the snow recedes.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Herbaceous perennial from strong, fibrous roots, glabrous throughout.


Leaves alternate, the basal long-petiolate, with broad, membranous stipules, the blade palmately cleft or divided into 5 obovate, 3-lobed, toothed segments; cauline leaves 2-3, short-petiolate below and sessile above.


Flowers solitary on peduncles 2-15 cm. long; sepals 5-9, ovate to obovate, about 15 mm. long, greenish-white to cream or yellow; petals none; stamens numerous, the outer 5-15 petaloid, oblong, 2-5 mm. long; pistils numerous, tapered to a stout, curved style.


Follicles several in a globose cluster, 8-11 mm. long, strongly nerved transversely.

Accepted Name:
Trollius albiflorus (A. Gray) Rydb.
Publication: Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 1: 152. 1900. 1900.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Trollius laxus Salisb., misapplied [FNA3, HC]
Trollius laxus Salisb. var. albiflorus A. Gray [HC, KZ99]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Trollius albiflorus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Trollius albiflorus checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Trollius albiflorus atlas page.

CalPhotos: Trollius albiflorus photos.

USDA Plants: Trollius albiflorus information.

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