Lesser celandine (Ficaria verna subsp. verna) is a cheerful sight in spring with its shiny, buttercup yellow flowers and a good source of early pollen and nectar for pollinating insects. Although it is not a competitive weed, its persistent root tubers can make it unwelcome in some gardens where control options are worth considering.

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Lesser celandine in flower

Quick facts

Common name Lesser celandine
Botanical name Ficaria verna subsp. verna (syn Ranunculus ficaria)
Areas affected Beds, borders, areas planted with bulbs and lawns
Main causes Weed with persistent root tubers
Timing Seen spring; treat in spring

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