General Information: Lesser Celandine which is a member of the buttercup
family (Ranunculus) can be seen between March and May, after May the weed will die back until the
following year. The flower is one of the first to show among lawn weeds.
Leaf: The inverted heart shaped fleshy leaves have a glossy surface and are
dark green in colour. The leaves can have toothed edges although this is not always the case.
Flower: The yellow flowers can be seen between the months of March and May. The
flowers have between 7 -12 petals.
Preferred habitat: Lesser Celandine is a perennial weed that tends to favour
moist shaded areas
Control: Ideally it is best to prevent this weed becoming a serious problem as
it can be difficult to control with chemicals. Improving the drainage and shade of your lawn will
help discourage this weed. Luckily Lesser Celandine is not normally a common problem on UK lawns.
If there are only a few plants hand weeding is the best method of removing the weeds from the
If there is a serious problem a selective weed killer will have to be applied. As the weed
establishes earlier in the year than most lawn weeds, it will need treating early as well. Aim to
treat as soon as the leaves are developed, a second application about 4-6 weeks later will also
have to be applied as this is a very difficult weed to control. Use a selective herbicide/weed
killer that contains at least two ingredients. One of these ingredients should be
MCPA. Our weed control section has advice and tips
on the application of chemical weed killers.
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Recommended selective weed killers for amateur gardeners for the control of Lesser
Celandine in lawns and turf.
- Verdone Extra (fluroxypyr, clopyralid & MCPA).
- Westland Resolva lawn weed killer (MCPA, mecoprop-p & dicamba).
- Evergreen Complete (MCPA, mecoprop-p).
- Evergreen feed + weed liquid (MCPA, mecoprop-p & dicamba) includes a
Recommended selective weed killers for lawn and turf care professionals for the control
of Lesser Celandine in lawns and turf.
- Scotts Intrepid 2 (dicamba, dichlorprop-p & MCPA).
- Scotts Re-act (MCPA, mecoprop-p & dicamba).
- Headland Relay (mecoprop-p, MCPA & dicamba).
- Mascot Greenor (fluroxypyr, clopyralid & MCPA).
- Vitax Esteem (2-4,D, MCPA and clopyralid).
Selective weed killers should be applied when weed are growing, this is usually between April
& October. When treating Lesser Celandine aim to treat early as possible as this weed dies back
When applying chemicals to lawns always follow the manufacturers application recommendations and
the health and safety guidelines for your own safety and the best results.
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