Introduced lesser celandine
(Ranunculus ficaria, Ranunculaceae) and its putative subspecies in the United States: A morphometric analysis.
Imported decades ago by the nursery industry, lesser celandine
has long been classified as a noxious weed by the state, said Glenn Miller, an invasives expert with the state Department of Agriculture.
He wrote three poems to the lesser celandine
, full of admiration for this plucky little plant which, so early in the year, braves the elements and on the first sunny day, opens its dull buds wide and thrusts up its vivid yellow stars.
hederifolium), and the different varieties of the lesser celandine
Current signs you can keep a lookout for are: snowdrops; hazel trees flowering (catkins); lesser celandine
flowers and frogspawn.
Snowdrops, lesser celandine
and rooks nesting were all seen before Christmas.
(ranunculus ficaria) is a British native which invades damp soils and meadows throughout the land.
Beneath the untidy rookeries and heronries woodland flowers such as lesser celandine
and bluebells will be pushing up their first leaves (lesser celandine
can already be seen in many places).
There might be a damp area you want to use, in which case choose flowers that thrive in bogs and damp ditches like marsh marigold (Caltha palustris), ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea), the lesser celandine
(Rununculus ficaria), lady's smock (Cardamine pratensis), figwort (Scrophularia nodosa) or meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria).
Grass is growing and the mowers are coming out earlier than usual, while flowers such as the lesser celandine
and coltsfoot are already in bloom, hawthorns are budding and elders are in leaf.
One of the most under-rated, and often maligned, spring flowers - people even regard it as a weed - is the Lesser Celandine
Later, on a grassy bank by the River Alt, I paused to admire a stretch of lesser celandine
, positively radiating sunshine in a bright spell between the hail and snow.