Greater Celandine - Chelidonium majus


Medium to tall rather brittle, tufted plant, the stems exuding orange latex when broken. Leaves pinnately lobed with rounded divisions. Flowers bright yellow, 1.5 to 2.5 cm, in small umbels of 2 to 6. Capsule linear.

Identification difficulty

Bare and waste areas, often close to habitation.

When to see it

April to October.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly frequent in most of Britain though less so in Scotland; it rarely grows far from human habitation.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 186 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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