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By Jerra

Ranunculus ficaria

Lesser Celandines have always been a favourite of mine.  As a child I remember seeing them growing under the hedge when I was going to the park opposite our house.

I think it it is the bright colour so early in the spring season that attracts me to them.   Wandering round Kanyl's garden today I spotted a few growing among his Raspberry canes.

There seems to be a little confusion over the scientific name.   The Woodland Trust Plant Life etc refer to it as Ranunculus (Buttercup family) while others seem to put it in the Ficaria genus as F verna.  I suspect the Ficaria is more modern but I will stick with what I have always known it as R ficaria.

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