Globe Flower

Last Editorial Review: 6/11/2021
Other Name(s):

Boule d'Or, Globe Crowfoot, Globe Ranunculus, Globe Trollius, Renoncule des Montagnes, Trolle, Trolle d'Europe, Trolle des Montagnes, Trollière, Trollius, Trollius europaeus.


Globe flower is a plant. The whole fresh plant is used to make medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, people take globe flower for scurvy, a disease caused by lack of vitamin C.

How does it work?

There isn't enough information to know how globe flower might work as a medicine.


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Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Vitamin C deficiency (scurvy).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of globe flower for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

Side Effects

Fresh globe flower plant is UNSAFE. It contains substances that are very irritating to the digestive tract, causing stomach pain and diarrhea. Fresh globe flower can also irritate the kidney, bladder, and other parts of the urinary tract. Skin contact with the fresh plant can cause blisters and burns that are difficult to heal.

There isn't enough information to know whether the dried plant might be safe or what the possible side effects might be.


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Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE for anyone, including pregnant and breast-feeding women, to take fresh globe flower by mouth or apply it to the skin. Since there isn't enough information to know whether dried globe flower is safe, it's best to avoid use of the dried preparation as well.


The appropriate dose of globe flower depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for globe flower. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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