Barren Strawberry, Potentilla sterilis

Wildflowers of the Isle of Luing

Among D Bannister, Isle of Luing.'s albums



  • Greater Stitchwort,Stellaria holostea, Addersmeat.

    Perhaps it is for its pure whiteness that this plant is known in France as 'Herbe à la sainte-Vierge'. Hardy perennial also known as Wedding Cakes, Star of Bethlehem, Poor Man's Buttonholes, Adder's Spit, Pixy Flower and Daddy's Shirt Buttons. Large, whit…

  • Gorse,Ulex europaeus.

    In Folklore it was said that the Danes (Vikings) could brew beer from the flower tops of Gorse.

  • Germander Speedwell, Veronica chamaedrys.

    In the 17th century, one of the two smaller sailing ships which set sail with the Mayflower carrying the Pilgrim fathers, was named the Speedwell. Twice the ships set sail for North America but each time returned shortly to England as the Speedwell was f…


  • Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea.

    Although poisonous, this plant is of enormous use to medicine. It has been found to be a major instrument in the treatment of heart conditions as it contains digitoxin and digoxin.

  • Devil's-Bit Scabious, Succisa pratensis.

    The story goes that this plant got its name due to the fact that it has an abruptly truncated, short root and the explanation for this was that the devil bit it off in a fit of annoyance at the medicinal properties of the plant. This wildflower is the mai…

  • Dandelion, Taraxacum vulgaria.

    Dandelion is an herb. People use the above ground parts and root to make medicine. Dandelion is used for many conditions, but so far, there isn’t enough scientific evidence to determine whether or not it is effective for any of them. Dandelion is used for…


  • Dandelion seed head,

    Dandelions are thought to have evolved about thirty million years ago in Eurasia. They have been used by humans for food and as a herb for much of recorded history. Used by children as a clock, The time calculated by the number of blows it takes to blow t…

  • Daffodil

    Not historically occuring on Luing. Introduced by roadmen.

  • Common Spotted Orchid, Dactylorhiza fuchsii.

    The spires of the common-spotted orchid enliven many wild places, particularly chalk and limestone downs. The flowers themselves can vary from deep to light pink. The leaves are marked with dark spots. It can sometimes be confused with its cousin, the he…


  • Common Knapweed, Centaurea nigra.

    Flowers are pollinated by a wide range of insects including bees, flies, butterflies and beetles and the resulting seed heads attract goldfinches and other seed feeding birds.

  • Common Hogweed, Heracleum sphondylium.

    Extreme care should be exercised when removing these plants, and it must be stressed that contact with dead plant parts and with inanimate objects or pets that have been in contact with such plants is dangerous. The use of protective water-resistant cloth…

  • Common Dog Violet, Viola riviniana

    Dog violets, and badges depicting them, were sold in fund-raising efforts in the UK and Australia on and around Violet Day in commemoration of the lost soldiers of World War I.


  • Common Cottongrass, Eriophorum angustifolium.

    Not a grass but a close relative, they are a sedge. all Cotton grass species (all 25) grow in boggy places. Once used as a substitute for Goose down used for stuffing pillows.

  • Common Cottongrass, Eriophorum angustifolium.

    Eriophorum angustifolium seeds and stems are edible and are used in traditional Native American cuisine by Alaska Natives, Inuit and Inupiat people.The leaves and roots of E. angustifolium are also edible and, because of their astringent properties. used…

  • Coltsfoot,

    The flowers and the leaves make a sweetish, aniseed flavour tea. It is an especially good tea to drink for all kinds of cough and upper respiratory tract complaints. The tea is very soothing and calming for a cough, and also helps moisten a dry irritati…


  • Clover White, Trifolium repens.

    If you have a spare piece of ground we do recommend you grow wild white clover. This provides excellent pollen for honey bees. Clover honey is very pleasing to the taste. This plant will attract a host of beneficial insects including quite harmless Bumb…

  • Clover Red, Trifolium pratense

    Folklore surrounding this wildflower Whoever carries a 3-leaf Clover will be able to detect witches, sorcerors and fairies. A 4-leaf Clover is even more powerful. A 5-leaf Clover was worn by witches to make them even more powerful. A 2-leaf Clover enables…

  • Climbing Corydalis, Ceratocapnos claviculata.

    Climbing Corydalis likes to grow in damp mossy woods, or amidst bracken to support it


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