Greater Celandine

Chelidonium majus

Greater Celandine Chelidonium majus

Greater Celandine is an unusual member of the poppy family. The flower head is small, and has four separate petals and long yellow stamen. The leaves are light green and alternate pinnate in form, with rounded lobes.

Greater Celandine Chelidonium majus

Greater Celandine Chelidonium majus

It flowers April to October, and is found in semi-shaded locations, including hedgerows, verges and rocky places. Common and widespread except for the far north of Scotland.

Greater Celandine Chelidonium majus leaf


May and June 2012, local hedgerow, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2012.

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