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Lesser celandine (Ranunculus ficaria) is a cheerful sight in spring with its shiny, buttercup yellow flowers. However, its persistent root tubers make it an unwelcome weed in most gardens and control is usually necessary.
Lesser celandine is a perennial member of the buttercup family. A British native, it is widespread in woods, hedgerows and on the banks of streams, but can also be found in gardens.
This plant usually appears above ground in late February and usually dies back in late April. Lesser celandine is a low-growing plant, rarely reaching more than 5cm (2in) in height.
It has glossy, heart-shaped leaves and bears shiny, bright-yellow flowers in March or April.
What makes lesser celandine a weed in gardens?
There are a number of cultural control methods to try;
Inclusion of a weedkiller product does not indicate a recommendation or endorsement by the RHS. It is a list of products currently available to the home gardener.
Weedkillers for gardeners (Adobe Acrobat pdf document outlining different weedkillers available for gardeners; see sections 1b, 4 and 5)
Chemicals: using a sprayerChemicals: using safely and effectivelyChemicals: using spot and broad-scale weedkillers
BindweedBluebells as weedsGround elderJapanese knotweedOxalisRHS video: weed controlWild garlic and crow garlic
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