Belongs to: buttercup family

Lesser celandine Ranunculus ficaria

Also known as: pilewort, fig buttercup

Best time to see: Mar to mid May

Key facts

One of the earliest woodland flowers to appear in spring, carpeting large areas with its rich yellow flowers

Glossy dark green heart-shaped leaves

Grows from nobbly tubers which wild boar love and dig up enthusiastically


Once the plant was used to treat haemorrhoids, hence its popular name of pilewort

An invasive plant in gardens and in parts of North America

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Photo © Tony Gunton