Name: Lesser Celandine
Scientific name: Ranunculus ficaria
Nature Stars: 40
About: A characteristic spring flower of woodlands, hedgerows, graveyards and parks. The yellow flowers come out between March and May. A member of the buttercup family, not actually a close relative of the Greater Celandine.
How to identify: A low growing plant with dark green, shiny, heart-shaped leaves and bright yellow flowers.
Where: Found throughout the country.
Fantastic fact: "Celandines are mentioned in 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' when Aslan returns and the wood turns from winer to spring: ""Edmund saw the ground covered in all directions with little yellow flowers - celandines""."
Photograph credit: Eco Heathen