Wandering in late spring around the vicinity of Podgórze or meadows of Zieleniec, with a little luck one can find scenic meadows, besprinkled with enigmatic globeflower. You ask what’s that?
Globeflower (Trollius europaeus) is a plant from the buttercups family, which grows up to 60 cm. It has raised, single, sparsely branched stems, on which there more often than not 2 or 3 flowers that remind globe-shaped roses. The time of flowering of this plant falls in the period between May and June, when pollinated flowers show their full potential. Globeflower is strictly protected and under no circumstances it could be picked up – one thing is that it is penalized with a fine, second – it is a poisonous perennial plant.
It likes dump areas – it feels best on marshy meadows, peat bogs and the banks of creeks – in those places we are most likely to find it. In Poland, it occurs most numerously in Białowieża Forest and near Bobolice in Pomerania. However, it can be spotted in spring in Lower Silesia, in the area of Podgórze near Zieleniec, as well as in the town called Zielone-Ludowe, at the foot of Homole Castle.
Globeflower is associated with the Kłodzko Land because it constitutes an element of local culture – this plant was an emblem of Mountain Society of Kłodzko’s County. Members of this society wore miniature badges with a motif of a Kłodzko’s rose.
Publishing companies devoted to surrounding lands were also marked with the icon of the yellow rose. The legend goes that Rübezahlt – the Master of the Sudetes, wandering through the Kłodzko Land happened upon a local nuptials. His appearing caused, however, such a big panic and confusion among the arrived guests that Rübezahlt felt all-overish. He wanted to make it up to the local people for a broken festivity, and so he decided to embellish the local meadows with thousands of golden roses. Reportedly, this is how the Kłodzko’s rose appeared on the area of the Lower Silesia.
PS. It doesn’t matter, how the globeflower found its way to the surroundings of Duszniki-Zdrój, – one thing is certain – this plant with a typical charm for itself is beautifying the vicinity, informing the local people and the rest of the world that here the spring is showing its true face.