Lesser Celandine - Ficaria verna

    Alternative names
    Ranunculus ficaria

    Low to short, tuberous rooted, hairless plant. Leaves heart shaped, rather fleshy, dark green. Flowers bright glistening yellow, turning whiter with age 20 to 30 mm, with 8 to 12 narrow elliptical petals.

    Identification difficulty

    Deciduous woodland, roadside verges, meadows and ditches.

    When to see it

    March to May.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Very common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 586 of the 617 tetrads.

    Further Information

    Look out for the associated fungi that grow on the leaves of Lesser Celandine:
    Celandine Clustercup Rust (Uromyces dactylidis))
    Bitter Chocolate Rust (Uromyces ficariae)

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