Coastal Invasive Species Committee


Lesser Celendine

Ficaria verna







Family:  Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Origin:  North Africa, Eurasia

Habitat:  Moist, deciduous forests.  Disturbed and undisturbed sites, including roadsides, ditches, and streambanks.

Distribution:  Southwestern BC

Impacts:  Fast-growing and dense infestations outcompete native plants and reduce available food for wildlife.  Toxic to most mammals.

Description:  Low-growing herbaceous perennial.  Has small, yellow petals 2-3 cm wide with 8-12 petals.  Leaves are dark green, shiny and thick, stalked and densely packed.  Reproduces by both seed and vegetatively.

Management Strategy:   For small infestations, dig out plants and remove all roots and tubers.  Do not compost.  Mowing is not recommended as it tends to spread the seeds.