Lesser Celandine [Ranunculus ficaria]
Lesser celandine is a perennial weed that is common in moist soils and shaded areas. It can
often be seen on road side verges and in areas of woodland, during the spring, where it can look
The plant emerges from a bunch of tubers in the soil during the early spring time and
dissappears again towards the end of May, when is dies back down.
Lesser celandine leaves are heart shaped with a glossy surface. Sometimes the leaves have a
light - dark green mottled appearance to them.
The yellow flowers have between 8 - 12 glossy petals which appear during March and April.
If the plants are few in number hand
weeding may be practical. Use a small hand fork to dig up and remove the tubers from the lawn.
Lesser celandine may prove very difficult to control with a selective weed killer. The weed is
moderatley resistant to most chemicals and more than one application will be needed.
However as this weed appears for a short time, applying more than one application can be
difficult. For the best results use a weed killer that contains MCPA as soon as the leaves are
Retreat about 6 weeks after the initial treatment before it dissappears again. Even then success
may be limited and the weed may re-emerge during the following spring.
When using chemicals on the lawn always wear the correct protective equipment and clothing and
always follow the manufacturers health & safety recommendations and application guidelines.
For more information on the application of selective herbicide's please visit our Lawn Weeds page.