52. Lesser Celadine

No 52
Common Name: Lesser Celadine
Scientific Name: Ficaria verna
Irish Name: Grán arcáin
Family: Ranunculaceae/ Buttercup family
Habitat: It grows in moist corners of fields and places near watersides, but is found also on drier ground, if shady, being one of the few plants that thrive beneath the shade of trees, where its glossy foliage frequently forms a dense carpet.
Uses: As a member of the generally toxic buttercup family, lesser celandine does contain small levels of toxins so should not be eaten raw in large quantities, and not at all by anyone with health issues. An ointment of the roots was also said to cure corns and warts.

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