Wikijunior:Summer Flowers of Northern New England/Chelidonium majus

 
 
Celandine
(Chelidonium majus)
Flower and leaves
Flower
Description:
Celandine is a bushy plant with yellow flowers. Each flower has four petals, each about a half inch long (making the whole flower about one inch across). The leaves look a little bit like an oak leaf, with scalloped edges. It makes a yellow sap that can stain the hands and clothes, so be careful if you handle it. Sometimes the sap will cause a skin rash too. The plant has many medicinal uses.

Quick Facts:
Europeans brought Celandine with them to North America so they could use it to treat warts. It is still used for that in Russia today.

A colony of Celandine
Last modified on 7 July 2010, at 18:41