Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna subsp. verna)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Ficaria verna subsp. verna Accepted
Ranunculus ficaria Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Tuber
Uses: Groundcover
Water gardens
Will Naturalize
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Other: Bulbils (miniature tubers) produced in leaf axils
Pollinators: Beetles


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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 4, 2013 10:18 AM

Celandine grows all over my garden. It grows in the flower beds and it grows in the lawn. It just grows! Good thing I find the yellow flowers pretty and cheerful in the spring or I would be totally frustrated with it. As it is, I pull and dig them out each spring, trying to keep them under control. Fortunately, after they bloom they soon die back, so you don't see the plant again until the next spring.

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