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Lesser Celandine - Ficaria verna
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Lesser Celandine - Ficaria verna
Syn. - Ranunculus scleratus
Family - Ranunculaceae
Was known as - Ranunculus ficaria

This plant is poisonous

Common and widespread perennial of damp hedgerows, open woodland, bare ground meadows, ditches and banks, sometime forming dense clumps or patches.  Heart shaped glossy dark green leaves growing from tubers among fibrous roots.  Solitary bright yellow glossy flowers of 6-12 tepals 20-30mm (0.8-1.2in) across on smooth stems to 20cm (8in) high appearing March to May, only open in sunshine.

FBCP do not advise or recommend that Lesser Celandine - Ficaria verna - Ficaria verna is eaten or used as an herbal remedy.   Young plants have been mentioned as part of spring salads eaten as a blood purifer, however small quantities are harmful.  Contains Protoanemonin a toxin found in all members of the Buttercup group, anemonin (derived from Protoanemonin) and saponins.

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