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Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

Celandine (lesser)

Latin name: Ranunculus ficaria lesser celandine

Height: Flower stems up to 10cm

When: Early spring for flowers

Where: Gardens; headgerows; woodland edges; for example Inchcailloch; National Cycle Route 7

The glossy yellow sunbursts of celandine flowers are some of the first heralds of spring in our hedgerows and woodlands. The Romantic poet Wordsworth loved them so much that he had their distinctive heart-shaped leaves and flowers carved on his tomb.

Bees and butterflies also love them, as they provide a welcome early nectar supply - though they are fickle friends and will close up at the first signs of rain or wind.

Rather less romantically, their old name, 'pilewort', was given to the plant because of its supposed ability to cure that affliction!

Any natural place contains an infinite reservoir of information, and therefore the potential for inexhaustible new discoveries.

Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods