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, swamps and gardens. It tolerates moist to dry soils and full shade to full sun exposure.
Lesser Celandine is highly invasive and a big problem in habitat restoration. It’s found in moist soils near streams and spreads out of control in gardens where is planted as an ornamental. Plant is poisonous, potentially fatal to grazing animals and livestock.