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I have a thick band of clay running through the garden and despite numerous years of trying, growing spring flowering bulbs directly in the soil is not something that happens in my garden. So any form of bright colour is most welcome – enter the Lesser Celandine, Ranunculus ficaria.

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The Lesser Celandine is a British Native plant that is a member of the perennial buttercup family. It is widespread and can be found in woodlands, hedgerows and alongside streams as well as in gardens. As you can see from the 3 images above, it grows all around my garden.

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The plant starts to appear in late February and has bright yellow buttercup shaped flowers from March to April. The heart-shaped glossy leaves then die back in late April/early May leaving just the root tubers.

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However, this cheery this little plant is, it does have a boisterous side to it – persistent root tubers which can make it an unwelcome weed in some gardens. So although I love its bright colours to herald the start of spring I do tend to pull it ruthlessly when its dying back just to keep it in check – you have been warned!!

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