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Greater Celandine

Chelidonium majus

Plant Data

Order:
Ranunculales
Family:
Papaveraceae (Poppy)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Small yellow flowers. Unrelated to Lesser Celandine and resembling Lesser Celandine only in appearance of its flowers.
Fruit:
A narrow cylindrical pod-like capsule containing black seeds.
Leaves:
Bushy and bluish-green in appearance. Pinnately divided with blunt lobes. Sparsely-haired leaves which are stalked and branch off alternately along the stems. Their undersides are silvery blue.
Maximum Size:
85cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The Greater Celandine is an extremely poisonous plant, in particular its latex. Poisoning can result in dermatitis, vomiting, burns, blistering and even paralysis in extreme cases.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Smells unpleasant.
Other Names:
Celandine Poppy, Cockfoot, Cock's-foot, Garden Celandine, Kenningwort, Killwort, Nipplewort, Sightwort, Swallowwort, Tetterwort, Wart-wort.
Habitats:
Gardens, hedgerows, roadsides, walls, wasteland, woodland.