Land Plants - invasive

Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria) on Mar 27, 2018

Submitter has sample
EDRR Status: Local expert notified

Description of specimen

The patch of lesser celandine is now a couple of hundred feet long by maybe 50 feet wide. The Metro newsletter recommends that we "contact your local weed control program for help".

It is crowding in among blackberries, bindweed, English ivy and pokeweed that occupy the bank behind our house -- which is the property and responsibility of Riverdale High School.

It looks exactly like the pictured plants both in the Metro newsletter and online.

Commentary

Hi Charlie, Thank you for the report! Lesser celandine is a very aggressive invader. We will reach out the Riverdale High School to let them know of the noxious weed status of these reported plants. Pokeweed is also a concern.

Take steps to prevent infestations from spreading on your property by controlling any satellite patches that crop up in your yard.

Lesser celandine factsheet: https://4ccwma.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/ipm_18_lessercelandine-web.pdf

Pokeweed factsheet: https://4ccwma.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/ipm_18_americanpokeweed-web.pdf

Feel free to upload any images if you would like.

Michelle Delepine
March 29, 2018, 8:26 a.m.