Lesser Celandine

Ranunculus ficaria

Lesser Celandine Ranunculus ficaria

This just has to be one of my very favourite spring wild flowers. Areas of the my local woods are carpeted in these vivid yellow blooms.

Lesser Celandine Ranunculus ficaria

Belonging to the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, each flower head has between eight and twelve golden-yellow petals, which close when it rains, then opens in the sun. The leaves are a glossy dark green and heart-shaped. The flower develops into a small green fruit.

Lesser Celandine Ranunculus ficaria

One of the first blooms to appear in spring, it flowers March to May,  and is found in dampish habitats, out in the open or in partial shade. They can be seen in hedgerows, woodland margins and open woodland, and near water such as ponds, rivers and streams. They grow insular or may carpet large areas of ground. A common and widespread species.

Lesser Celandine Ranunculus ficaria leaf

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7 thoughts on “Lesser Celandine

  1. Our primary species of buttercup has been blooming for a month or more, while a friend in Montana just has spotted the firt of his. They are such beautiful flowers, and yours is really a delight. Celadine is a pretty name, too; it reminds me of my favorite pottery glaze — celadon.

    As a side note, for years I didn’t realize how tall buttercups could grow. I’d only seen them in areas that had been mowed, so 2-4″ was about it. Now, in the country, I’ve seen them a foot tall, and fields of them are just glorious.

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