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Lesser Celandine
Ficaria verna
(formerly Ranunculus ficaria)

Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna) Other common names: Fig Buttercup, Marsh Pilewort

Other scientific names: Ranunculus ficaria, Ficaria ficaria, Ficaria ranunculoides

French names: Renoncule ficaire

Family: Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae)

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 364   

Native/Non-native: Non-native

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Scientific Name: verna: of spring


See Also:
  •   Lesser Celandine: Marsh Menace, from The Monday Garden, by Sue Sweeney


Photographs: 100 photographs available, of which 9 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna) flowers

Lesser Celandine flowers are quite showy.

Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna) flower

Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna) flowers

The bright showy yellow flowers of Lesser Celandine.

Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna) plants

Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna) plants

Unfortunately, Lesser Celandine can be quite invasive, as shown here.

Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna) plants

A showy border of Lesser Celandine.

Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna) flower bud

Lesser Celandine flower bud.

Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna) leaves

Lesser Celandine leaves.

Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna) leaves


Range map for Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)