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UK Nature  > Wild Flowers  > Yellow Wild Flowers  > Chelidonium majus

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Scientific Name:   Chelidonium majus
Common Name:   Greater Celandine

Chelidonium majus, more commonly known as Greater Celandine, is a herbaceous perennial plant, the only species in the genus Chelidonium. Appearing visually like a member of the cabbage family, the Greater Celandine in fact belongs to the poppy family whereas the Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna) belongs to the buttercup family.

The flowers are bright yellow and appear from early May. The flowers are loved by insects both for the pollen and nectar. Like all poppies it produces a latex when the stem is broken. The latex is bright yellow and has been used in folk-medicine.










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