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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