Lesser Celandine

Ranunculus ficaria

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Lesser Celandine is a characteristic spring flower of woodlands, hedgerows, graveyards and parks where its shiny flowers can carpet area with gold between March and May. Despite its name, it is not actually a close relative of Greater Celandine, and is a member of the buttercup family instead.

How to identify

Lesser Celandine is a low-growing plant with dark green, shiny, heart-shaped leaves and bright yellow flowers about 3cm across that open in the sunlight.

Where to find it

Found throughout the country.


When to find it

  • March
  • April
  • May

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many woodland nature reserves sympathetically for a range of spring flowers, from golden Lesser Celandine to fragrant Ramsons, showy Bluebells to delicate Wood Anemones. A mix of coppicing, scrub-cutting and ride maintenance open up the woodland floor to the sun, helping many flowers and plants to thrive. You can help too: volunteer for your local Wildlife Trust and you could be involved in everything from traditional forest crafts to raising awareness about woodland wildlife.

Species information

Common name
Lesser Celandine
Latin name
Ranunculus ficaria
Height: up to 25cm
Conservation status