Celandine



These celandines are growing part way up the trunk of a lime, a good fifteen inches off the ground.

Celandines, unlike daisies, are flowers I only became aware of in adulthood. I still sometimes have to think whether they rhyme with sheen or shine.  They belong to learned natural history. Daisies are just part of life.

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2 thoughts on “Celandine

  1. Caroline Ravens

    For me it’s sheen…because the leaves are glossy!!!!
    I wonder why the celandine poppy …. is so named? Similar yellow but…I should look it up and do a bit of ‘learned natural history’.

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    1. baptissimo Post author

      Paxton’s Botanical Dictionary says celandine is from Chelidonium, from cheledon, the swallow, because the flowers appear with the swallow and dry up when the swallows depart.

      I am unpersuaded. Swallows in early March? Not round here. And the words are too different. There’s a Baptist church in ?Huddersfield called Salendine Nook. I guess that’s a local name. I wonder where Salendine comes from? Could be a better source for celandine.

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