How Do I Kill Ranunculus ficaria

Judy Glattstein
Thu, 15 Apr 2010 10:48:05 PDT
Desirable plants seem easy to destroy. Weeds are more difficult. Lesser 
celandine, Ranunculus ficaria, will likely survive a nuclear blast.

Friends at the Leonard J. Buck Garden in Far Hills, New Jersey tried 
spraying with Roundup 3 times in one season . Slowed it down but did not 
destroy it.

I dug up several gallons, complete with soil around the tiny tubers. Put 
in a heavy duty black plastic garbage bag, then placed in full sun on an 
asphalt driveway. After close to a week the leaves are still green and 

Not allowed to dispose of in trash - also envision it carpeting the 
landfill transfer station.

Afraid to feed it to my neighbor's sheep who get garlic mustard and 
multiflora rose. If not completely devoured the lesser celandine would 
escape and carpet the pasture, then spread to cover the neighborhood.

All suggestions gratefully received. And no, I don't think it is 
suitable for the dinner table.


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