Scientific Name: Ranunculus ficaria (syn Ficaria verna) (Ranunculaceae).
English Name: Lesser Celandine (Buttercup family).
French Name: Ficaire.
5 Key Characters:
- low growing creeping plant.
- glossy green heart-shaped leaves, rather fleshy, long-stalked, in rosettes.
- flowers glossy yellow (as if they have been varnished) with 8 - 12 narrow petals.
- found in damp places.
Habitat: Damp loam or clay in woods, meadows, hedges and roadsides.
Flowering Period: March-April-May.
Status: Very common everywhere.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature: