Barren Strawberry, Potentilla sterilis

Wildflowers of the Isle of Luing

Among D Bannister, Isle of Luing.'s albums



  • Roadside verge. Greater stitchwort and Bluebells.


  • Red Campion, Silene dioica.

    Besides the aesthetic value of its flowers, the crushed seeds of red campion have also been used to cure snakebites . The nectar of the flowers is utilised by bumblebees and butterflies, and several species of moth feed on the foliage.[5]

  • Red Campion, Silene dioica.

    The genus Silene was named after Silenus, who was the merry god of the woodlands in Greek mythology. The colours vary from vivid red to pastel pink. They make a dramatic appearence alongside Blue bells.


  • Ragwort, Senecio jacobaea.

    Ragwort is abundant in waste land, waysides and grazing pastures.[8] It can be found along road sides, and grows in all cool and high rainfall areas.

  • Ragged Robin, Lychnis flos-cuculi.

    Ragged robin is sometimes called thunder flower Three centuries ago girls carried ragged robin, naming each plant for a local boy. The flower that opened first would have the name of the boy the girl would marry. In another tradition that men would carry…

  • Purple Loostrife.

    It has been used as an astringent medicinal herb to treat diarrhea and dysentery; it is considered safe to use for all ages, including babies.It is also cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens, and is particularly associated with damp, poorly drained…


  • Purple Loose strife, Lythrum salicaria. ???

    It has been used as an astringent medicinal herb to treat diarrhoea and dysentery; it is considered safe to use for all ages, including babies

  • Northern Marsh Orchid, (Dactylorhiza purpurella)


  • Marsh Thistle, Cirsium palustre.



  • Marsh Thistle, Cirsium palustre.


  • Marsh Cinquefoil, Potentilla palustris.


  • Marsh Cinquefoil, Potentilla palustris.

    In the past the roots of this plant were used to dye leather a reddish-yellow colour. The leaves are reputed to be good for making tea, and in the past a red dye was produced from the flowers; however, their rarity today makes such an option not merely di…


  • Lousewort. Pedicularis sylvatica ssp. sylvatica .

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  • Lesser Celandine, Ficaria verna.

    Perhaps not quite so poetic, this wildflower was also known as 'Pilewort' as its use was thought to be beneficial in the treatment of haemorrhoids. It was also known as 'Scurvywort' for the use of its Vitamin C containing leaves.

  • Lady's Bedstraw, Galium verum.

    As its name might suggest, Lady's Bedstraw was traditionally used to stuff mattresses. There is also a legend that Mary lay on a mattress of Bedstraw during the Nativity


  • Honeysuckle, Lonicera periclymenum.

    In the Victorian era there was a ban on young girls bringing honeysuckle into the home because the heady fragrance of the flowers was believed to cause dreams that were far too risqué for their sensibilities.

  • Herb Robert, Geranium robertianum.

    One wonders who is the 'Robert' of this plant. Maybe the name comes from the Latin word 'ruber' meaning red which may have referred to the colouring of the leaves and stems.

  • Herb robert

    Believed at one time to have been a cure for skin cancer and red skin; also known as "Ignis sacer", "holy fire", and "St. Anthony's fire" and is an acute infection of the upper dermis and superficial lymphatics, usually caused by streptococcus bacteria.


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