A few years ago, I spotted these in a wooded area beside one of Ottawa's famous bike paths and was intrigued. So I scooped up a few seed pods and threw the seeds carelessly into a pot on my back porch with a Thai hot pepper plant. And ignored them. Much too late in the fall, I transplanted the resulting young plant into a corner of the yard and the rest, as they say, is history. Or it will be, once I finish telling you about it.
Like any typical perennial, it entered its full glory in its third year. And then I moved (story of my life). I transfered a young volunteer to my new digs - literally ;o) - and this is what it looked like in its second year, right about this time of year.
Chelidonium majus is a vigorous plant that grows wild in this part of the world. It grows with a vengeance when given a semi-shady garden environment, having less competition from surrounding plants and more reliable moisture levels than it would in the wild.
Greater celandine is not a prima donna; it isn't appropriate for centre stage but it's a great back-up to splashy Oriental lilies. And it doesn't make prima donna demands. It has always been pest-free, disease-free and trouble-free in my gardens. It does reseed, but it's controllable. And it flowers generously non-stop from May till frost. But with the small amount of space I have at my disposal, I'm keeping my eye on it. If it grows out of bounds, it may have to go anyway.