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Related to celandine: Chelidonium majus, greater celandine

greater celandine

Herbal medicine
A perennial herb that is a potent skin irritant, used by herbalists of the Middle Ages for removing warts; it was further believed, according to the so-called “doctrine of signatures”, that its bright orange flowers signalled greater celandine’s efficacy in treating jaundice.
Greater celandine is irritating to the skin and GI tract and depresses the CNS; it should be adminstered with caution.


(Chelidonium majus) Herbal recommended for use against GI disorders and palliation of dermatologic problems; clinical studies suggest possible use as an antineoplastic; hepatitis reported as adverse effect; should be considered toxic; not approved in U.S. markets as a drug, but is often found combined with other ingredients in herbal compounds.
Synonym(s): felonwort, rock poppy.
[L. chelidonia, fr. G. chelidōn, swallow]

celandine (se·lanˑ·dēn),

n Latin name:
Chelidonium majus; parts used: buds, leaves, roots; uses: antiinflammatory, digestive aid, spasms in the digestive tract, medicine for the liver and gallbladder; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children, long-term use, can cause hypotension, dizziness, fatigue, insomnia, nausea, hepatotoxicity, polyuria, and polydipsia. Also called
celandine poppy, common celandine, felonwort, garden celandine, greater celandine, rock poppy, swallow wort, tetter wort, or
wart wort.
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It's a plant I'm not overly keen on, simply because I have spent so much time and money killing its close cousin, lesser celandine.
Under the doctrine of signatures - a medieval practice where plants were used to treat the ailments of organs they looked like - celandines were used as a cure for piles.
Rory Francis, of The WoodlandTrust, said: "There has been an awful lot of snow this winter, making spring arrive late but now red admiral butterflies are being spotted, rooks are nesting and hazel flowers and celandines are starting to appear.
Lesser celandine - glorious yellow Picture: JOHN DEMPSEY
He said Anslow, 32, of Celandine Drive, Dudley, had been tailgating the car in front to try to get him to go faster before causing the tragic death of Mr Barker.
Spring plants like crocuses and celandine are already beginning to flower, the catkins are out and farms are reporting their first lambs of the year.
At Eccleston Mere, coltsfoot, red dead nettle and yellow charlock are flowering away, and Jim found good patches of flowering lesser celandine in Rufford.
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The yellow-flowered lesser celandine (llygad ebrill) is the first to flower in March, and is followed by plants such as the star-like bloom of the wood anemone and the glossy-leafed bluebell.
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Offa''s Dyke in Plas Power woods Organiser Jane Craven said: "By Sunday we should be in for a treat, with bluebells, lesser celandine and wood sorrel providing a carpet of colour under a canopy of fresh green leaves.