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Lesser Celandine

Wrigs21Wrigs21 Posts: 168
Hi guys 

So I feel like King Canute trying to fight the tide here. Garden backs into woodland and this time of year the Lesser Celandine takes over part of the garden. Any ideas on how to combat it or should I just go with the flow? 



  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,046
    If there's nothing underneath you can hoe it all just let it rot down. 
    You'll never get rid of it, but at least you'll feel a bit more in control of it.
  • brackenbracken Posts: 91
    Such a shame they are such a thug and virtually impossible to eradicate as they look lovely on mass in flower.  If you have a large garden I'd go with the flow.
  • I just let it flower about this time of year and it disappears again soon after that until next spring. I'd be afraid using a hoe on it would spread the small tubers and make it more widespread and the leaves naturally die back anyway after a few weeks. I think it adds a nice bit of colour to the garden here at this time of year when most of the plants are still not after getting growing properly.
  • Wrigs21Wrigs21 Posts: 168
    I’ve attempted the digging them up option but would be a full time job. Sounds like wise to go with the flow and let them do their thing then 
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,435
    Forget about getting rid of it.
    Learn to love it.
    It dies back in summer.
    Tiny bulbils...just need one and you get another plant.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,787
    I love their sunny smiles .......... smile back at them  B)

    They're not with us for long. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Wrigs21Wrigs21 Posts: 168
    Will learn to love it 😁
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,787
    edited March 2021
     We call that part of our garden The Little Wilderness ... it sounds 'romantic' and 'intentional' B) 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Where I am they grow happily amid Queen Anne's Lace. When the celandines die down you get a second bite at the cherry as the other plants grow up and flower.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    I have a small patch at the base of a clematis.  It doesn't spread much from there now, purely because I purposefully don't disturb the soil in that area, all it gets is an autumn mulch.
    All I would suggest is that you are careful not to transport soil from those areas to elsewhere in your garden.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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