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Greater celandine (Chelidonium majus)

Greater celandine Common Names: Garden celandine, tetterwort, killwort, wart-wort.

Description: Toxic to humans.

Habit: Erect, biennial/perennial, 12 to 32 inch tall forb, yellowish sap; stems branched, leafy and ribbed.

Leaves: Several, alternate, deeply lobed and pinnately-divided.

Stems: Weak, erect, 12-32 inches tall, sparingly pubescent.

Flowers: Yellow, 4-parted, 3/4 inches wide; inflorescence are small, umbel-like clusters; blooms May-August.

Fruit and seeds: Small, glabrous, black in color; borne in a long, cylindrical capsule that is 2-5 cm long. Each has an elaiosome, which attracts ants to disperse the seeds.

Habitat: Native to Europe. Found in waste places, thickets, roadsides and dry woods.

Reproduction: By seed.

Similar species: Lesser celandine (Ficaria verna).

Monitoring and rapid response: Hand pull before plant goes to seed. Use of any

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from Southwest School of Botanical Medicine and the Wisconsin State Herbarium.

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Common Name:

Greater celandine

Scientific Name:

Chelidonium majus







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