Celandine (Chelidonium)

Greater Celandine or Tetterwort

CelandineCelandine Plant in Bloom

The greater celandine belongs to the poppy family, the lesser celandine belongs to the buttercup family. The Greater celandine has an erect habit, and reaches 30 to 120 cm high. The leaves are lobed and wavy-edged (crenate), 30 cm long. When injured, the plant exudes a yellow to orange latex.

The flowers consist of four yellow petals, each about 1 cm long, with two sepals. A double-flowered variety occurs naturally. The flowers appear from late spring to summer in umbelliform cymes of about 4 flowers.

The seeds are small and black, borne in a long capsule. Each has an elaiosome, which attracts ants to disperse the seeds

It is native to Europe and western Asia and introduced widely in North America.

Toxic Principle:
Colchicine and other alkaloids
The symptoms of colchicine poisoning resemble those of arsenic, and no antidote is known.

Poisoning Symptoms include:
Oral irritation, bloody vomiting, diarrhea, shock, multi-organ damage, bone marrow suppression.


Lone Star English Setter Club provides this information
as a partial reference of the potential poisons that could harm your dog.
We are not veterinarian’s and DO NOT provide medical help.

If you think that your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance,
contact your local veterinarian or
the ASPCA’s 24-hour emergency poisoning hotline directly