Ficaria verna | Lesser Celandine | Grán arcáin
First reported in the wild
NAPRA Ireland risk assessed
- Lesser Celandine is one of our earliest flowering plants. It can be found from
December – May
- The yellow flowers have 8-12 narrow, shiny petals
- It has distinctive, dark-green, heart-shaped leaves
- It is a hairless perennial
Lesser Celandine is an important source of food for pollinators (especially solitary bees) early in spring.
Adult habitat & habits
Lesser Celandine grows in woods, along hedgerows, roadsides and by rivers.
Irish reference specimens
Pathway and vector description
Distribution frequency in Ireland
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021
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How can you help
This species is included in our spring flowering plants project. If you see the species please submit your sighting. All information is very valuable.
Full list of species included in the spring flowering plants project:
- Common Dog-violet
- Early Dog-violet
- Early-purple Orchid
- Lady’s smock (Cuckooflower)
- Lesser Celandine
- Lords-and Ladies
- Wild Garlic
- Winter Heliotrope
- Wood Anemone
- Wood Sorrel
This species is included in the spring flowering plants project which is a collaboration between the National Biodiversity Data Centre and the BSBI. It is hoped we can collect valuable data to improve our knowledge of the current distribution of some common plants. All data will be fully validated by both partners before loading to Biodiversity Maps and being made available to the BSBI.