Is this a Celandine?

Walking around the garden today after some terrible weather at the weekend I found this.

Is it a Celadine?

Is it a Celandine?

It has seeded itself in the shade under the Mulberry, so it has chosen a shady dry spot for itself, although sunny for now, until the Mulbery foliage appears.

I know some gardeners think they are a weed.  What do you think?


28 thoughts on “Is this a Celandine?

  1. Ah, yes we get those here, in the rough grass by the shed and creeping into the field border nearby. They are considered a weed, but they are such a bright colour that I secretly enjoy them. But apparently the more you try and dig them up, the more you break them up and spread them. Ours don’t seem to have increased much in a few years so I try not to disturb them…

  2. It may be a Celandine. If so, I have lots of it flowering in spring. Does it have an orange fluid in the stem when broken. This is extremely staining. It is pretty and it is colorful in clumps. But … it seeds very freely and soon you will have much more than you might want. In that sense, it can be weedy.

    • Thank you, your reference also talked about the orange fluid, I’m just going to check now, even though something acrid and nauseous isn’t what I’m looking for at this moment! Christina

  3. It looks very much like a celandine but I’m not sure about the petals, every picture I can find has rounded ends to the petals. If it is a celandine it will spread alarmingly, as I have found out here!

    • Maybe it is a native species here; I noticed the difference in the form of the petals too when I check it on-line, that’s why I wanted to ask others. Thank you, Christina

  4. I think it is a ranunculus. I have ranunculus brazen hussey which looks similar although the leaves are dark. Of course ranunculus is another name for celadine

  5. I have a double celandine and it hasn’t spread at all, your flower looks similar to celandine but I couldn’t say for sure, a photo of the leaves would help, the leaves are a bit like a rounded heart shape, I like celandine in the right place if there is room,
    if it isn’t celandine then what are the other possiblities?
    good luck with your search, Frances

  6. Hi Christina, I don’t know its name but it is a native here in Italy. Normally leaves die back after spring and although the plant spread quite easily I wouldn’t say it is invasive. Let’s say it’s a nice weed.
    The other one with yellow fluid is another weed but petals are fine and wrinkled like those of poppies and leaves are greish and jagged. You can use the yellow fluid to cure callus and mosquito bites.

    • Now that is interesting. Maybe it is less invasive here because it does die back in the late spring, I seem to remember that in the UK it is green for a lot of the summer so squeezes out other plants. Thank you for the good local information. Christina

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