Barren Strawberry, Potentilla sterilis

Wildflowers of the Isle of Luing

Among D Bannister, Isle of Luing.'s albums



  • Yellow flag, Iris pseudacorus

    This plant has been used as a form of water treatment since it has the ability to take up heavy metals through its roots.

  • Wood Anenome, Anemone nemorosa.

    The plant contains poisonous chemicals that are toxic to animals including humans, but it has also been used as a medicine. All parts of the plant contain protoanemonin, which can cause severe skin and gastrointestinal irritation, bitter taste and burning…

  • Wild thyme-Thymus serpyllum.



  • Wild thyme-Thymus serpyllum.

    It is used as a seasoning for many meat dishes (being commonly used in beef stews), cabbage or green salads, and vegetable dishes containing zucchini and eggplant. The dried leaves are used for a herbal tea throughout Europe and the United States.

  • Wild thyme-Thymus serpyllum.

    Bees are especially fond of the Thyme blossoms, from which they extract much honey. Wild thyme is an herb. The flowering parts of the plant are used to make medicine. People take wild thyme for breathing problems including cough, bronchitis, and swollen a…

  • Wavy Bitter Cress, Cardamine flexuosa.

    Wavy Bitter-cress distributes its seeds by way of its exploding siliquae (long narrow seedpods). Belonging to the Mustard and Cabbage family – Brassicaceae – like many other members its leaves are sharp-tasting giving it its common name.


  • Vipers Bugloss, Echium vulgare.

    Also known as 'snake flower' and 'blue devil'.

  • Vetch,


  • Thrift.



  • Thrift, Armeria maritima.

    This flower appeared on the old English twelve-sided threepenny-bit which was introduced in 1937 – perhaps it was meant to encourage another kind of 'thrift'?

  • Thistle, Onopordum acanthium

    The common name of Cotton thistle derives from the cotton-like hairs on the leaves. Other names include Scots thistle or Scottish thistle, heraldic thistle and woolly thistle;.[12] The name Scots thistle comes from the flower used as the national emblem o…

  • Sun Spurge, Euphorbia helioscopia.

    Also known as Mad-woman's Milk and Wart Spurge, the latex in the stem of the plant is toxic. It is used in the pharmaceutical industry.


  • Snowdrops, Galanthus nivalis.

    I suspect this plant is not naturally occurring on Luing, but rather planted by residents.

  • Sneezewort, Achillea ptarmica.

    This plant, which is highly valued by insects, is poisonous to sheep, cattle and horses. The dried leaves were used to make a type of snuff and a sneezing powder, as the name might suggest, and also the dried flowers were used to make a tea, which was a…

  • Silverweed, Potentilla anserina.

    In early times the roots of this plant were cultivated in some of the Scottish islands until potatoes were introduced. It is said that they taste somewhat like parsnips. The dried roots were also ground and used like flour in bread-making.


  • Sedum Anglicum, English stonecrop

    The flowers are short stalked and star-like, white sometimes tinged pink, with ten contrasting stamens and five carpels

  • Scurvy Grass - Cochlearia officinalis


  • Rowan, Mountain Ash.



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