Nature blog: lesser celandine

There is an abundance of wildflowers on Palace Road Estate at the moment, bringing scenes of colour and nature to our urban setting. This post is about the lesser celandine.

A carpet of lesser celandine (Ficaria verna), outside Ducavel House

The lesser celandine is a member of the buttercup family. Its leaves are glossy, dark-green and heart-shaped with long stalks. Its flowers are shiny and yellow with eight to twelve petals.

Wordsworth was a fan of the lesser celandine and wrote three poems about them: The Small Celandine, To the Same Flower and To the Small Celandine.

You can read more about the lesser celandine on the Woodland Trust website.