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celandine, devil's milk, greater celandine, swallow wort

Habit Plants to 10 dm.

branching, ribbed.


to 35 cm;

petiole 2-10 cm;

blade deeply 5-9-lobed;

margins irregularly dentate or crenate, rarely laciniate.


peduncle 2-10 cm.


pedicels 5-35 mm;

sepals to 1 cm;

petals bright yellow, obovate to oblong, to 2 cm wide;

style ca. 1 mm.


linear to narrowly oblong, 2-5 cm, glabrous.


black, reticulate-pitted.

Chelidonium majus

Phenology Flowering spring–summer.
Habitat Moist to dry woods, thickets, fields, hedgerows and fences, roadsides, railroads, and waste ground
Elevation 0-1000 m [0-3300 ft]

The irritating sap of Chelidonium has been used to treat warts. In the vegetative state, this weedy introduction from Eurasia is difficult to distinguish from the native Stylophorum diphyllum.

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Parent taxa Papaveraceae > Chelidonium
Name authority Linnaeus: Sp. Pl. 1: 505. (1753)
Source Flora of North America vol. 3.
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