Not so great celandine

Greater Celandine

The next on the weed hit list is Greater Celandine.  It forms nice clumps with interesting foliage and bright yellow flowers in early summer, but it wants to do so everywhere. Even if bees visit it (which if it happens at all must be when I’m not looking), there are other flowers for them. So I prefer to keep this one in check.

Broken celandine root showing orange sap

They seem easy to pull up, but since it’s a perennial, you have to dig up the root,too. If you’re not sure what you’re dealing with, break off a leaf first. The sap is a bright orange, bright enough to stain your hands. You can’t stain eggs with it, though; it’s poisonous.