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February 16, 2015 12:01 AM

Lesser celandine, also called fig buttercup, is nice to look at, but it crowds out native wildflowers

Lesser celandine (Ranunculus ficaria), also called fig buttercup, is a native of Europe and North Africa that was brought to North America as a garden ornamental but escaped cultivation. It can invade moist woodlands and crowd out native wildflowers. Lesser celandine can form a dense carpet in early spring, preventing native plants from sprouting. While it dies back by June, its network of roots and tubers remains to inhibit other plants.

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