Lesser Celandine

Lesser celandine, common name fig buttercup, has yellow flowers in the early spring and smooth green kidney-to heart- shaped leaves in basal clusters.

Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria) is an escaped European garden plant that has spread rapidly in a few areas in Southeastern Wisconsin, where it eliminates wildflowers and alters forests. You can help by controlling this plant on your property if it is present, and encouraging your neighbors to do the same. A cost share program, funded by a grant from the US Forest Service and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), will be available in 2019, 2020 and 2012 to landowners who spend at least $100.00 to control lesser celandine on their property. More information on lesser celandine, the cost share program and links to the forms needed to participate in the program are below.

Lesser celandine forms a thick carpet of continuous growth, crowding out other plants, as seen in this woodland.

Lesser celandine information sheet

GLC letter to property owners with information on the cost sharing program

Forms needed to participate in the cost sharing program: