Barren Strawberry, Potentilla sterilis

Wildflowers of the Isle of Luing

Among D Bannister, Isle of Luing.'s albums



  • Butterfly orchid,Greater, Platanthera chlorantha.

    Stately and elegant plant

  • Bugle

    Herbal and healing properties of this wildflower Fresh leaves can be used on bruises, tumours and cuts. Used to be used as a hangover remedy. Leaves were also made into a syrup for colds and sore throats. Used in homeopathy for treating ulcers.

  • Broom, Cytisus scoparius.

    A traditional rhyme from Sussex says: "Sweep the house with blossed broom in May/sweep the head of the household away." Despite this, it was also common to include a decorated bundle of broom at weddings. Ashes of broom were used to treat dropsy, while it…


  • Bogbean, Menyanthes trifoliata.

    The bogbean has always been used for medicinal remedies - in fact it is still used today by modern herbalists. The leaves were used for tea to strengthen weak stomachs, and the plant was also used against tuberculosis, heart problems and asthma. Bogbean w…

  • Bog Asphodel, Narthecium ossifragum.

    The Latin name means "weak bone", and refers to a traditional belief that eating the plant caused sheep to develop brittle bones. The probable origin of this story is that sheep eating a calcium-poor diet are likely to develop bone weakness, and N. ossifr…

  • Bluebell and Campion among briers and bracken.



  • Blackthorn,

    HT. Sloe jelly was used for a relaxed throat. The flowers were made into an infusion were used externally for scabies. a decoctation of the root or bark was used for asthma.

  • Blackberry blossom.

    The (usually) black fruit is not a true berry; botanically it is termed an aggregate fruit, composed of small drupelets.

  • Bird's-foot Trefoil, Lotus corniculatus.

    The plant has had many common English names in Britain, which are now mostly out of use. These names were often connected with the yellow and orange colour of the flowers, e.g. 'butter and eggs'. One name that is still used is Eggs and Bacon (or Bacon and…


  • Bell Heather - Erica cinerea

    Erica cinerea (bell heather, or heather-bell) is a species of flowering plant in the family Ericaceae, native to western and central Europe. It is a low, spreading shrub growing to 15–60 centimetres (5.9–24 in) tall, with fine needle-like leaves 4–8 milli…

  • Barren Strawberry, Potentilla sterilis

    The plant looks rather like wild woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca), or a cultivated strawberry, but is a smaller plant, with smaller flowers, and it doesn't form fleshy fruit. After the petals have fallen from a flower no obvious fruit forms. The petal…

  • Darwin's Barberry, Berberis darwinii

    Berberis darwinii is a species of barberry in the family Berberidaceae, native to southern Chile and Argentina. Common names include 'Darwin's Barberry' and (Argentinean-Chilean Spanish) 'Michay'. Can be found in Ardinamir, Isle of Luing


  • Groundsel,Senecio vulgaris.

    It was formerly much used for poultices and reckoned good for sickness of the stomach

  • kingcup, marsh marigold, Caltha palustris


  • Hazel Catkins.

    Hazel was used widely throughout the centuries for protection against evil. Finn bore a hazelwood shield that made him invincible in battle. No harm could penetrate a hurdle fence of hazel around a house or a breastband of the wood on a horse.


  • Wood sorrel, Oxalis acetosella


  • Ivy.

    Will go back to this later I year when it flowers.

  • Lady's Smock, Cuckoo flower. Cardamine Pratensis.

    First seen 1st May 2013. Called Cuckoo Flower as it is flowering at the first sound of the cuckoo, but not heard it yet.


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