Lesser Celandine, also known as Fig Buttercup (Ranunculus Ficaria [Ficaria Verna]) is a perennial forb in the Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae). It’s native to Europe and Asia. Blooms Apr-May and grows 0.8-1.5 ft. It’s a common weed in forests, streams, wetlands and gardens. It tolerates moist to dry soils and full shade to full sun exposure.
Lesser Celandine is highly invasive in moist soil near streams, big problem in habitat restoration. It spreads out of control in gardens where is used as an ornamental. It’s poisonous, potentially fatal to grazing animals and livestock.