Tormentil - Potentilla Tormentilla - Hebrides Wildflowers

Tormentil - Hebrides Yellow Wildflowers

Tormentil - Hebrides Wildflowers
These tiny little yellow wildflowers seen in The Western Isles really are very pretty. They are a member of the rose family.

Flowers May to September

Tormentil lowers May-September in The Western Isles.

These yellow wildflowers - appearing throughout the Western Isles really are pretty. The plant is 10 - 40cm in height - and is upright or creeping

Rose Family - a little like a buttercup
Tormentil is a member of the rose family. The tormentil has tiny yellow flowers - 1 cm to 1.5 cm across.

Medicinal - Herbal Uses
The name Tormentilla comes from the Latin tormina which means colic - this plant is used herbally to treat the condition of colic.

Tormentil to Treat Ulcers
The tormentil root has also been used in the past to treat ulcers and gum disease - when an astringent powder is made.

There are many other conditions that the plant or part of the plant has been used to treat including sunburn, frostbite, upset stomachs.

In the past the roots were boiled in milk for the treatment of diarrhoea

Click pictures below for larger photographs

Rose Family - a little like a buttercup
The flowers are similar to the buttercup flowers except that the Tormentil flower has just four petals - whereas buttercups have five petals and are slightly larger. Tormentil has a preference for acid soils, and is rarely found on chalky land and likes acid soil. This plant is actually related to the wild strawberry. The gaelic name for tormentil is cairt làir. One plant produces a solitary flower

Tormentil flowers differ from the flowers produced by all other Potentilla species as well as most other Rosaceae species, as they have four petals instead of the regular five petals in the flowers borne by other plants of the species


Tormentil has 5 lobed and toothed Leaves. The leaves are shiny, dark green and deeply-toothed and are are silky underneath. The stem leaves don't have stalks.

Tormentil - Isle of Lewis Wildflowers

Treatment of Warts using Tormentil
If a piece of lint be soaked in the decoction and kept applied to warts, they will disappear.


Tormentil is sometimes called biscuits, shepherd's knapperty, English sarsaparilla, red root or bloodroot because of the dye the root produces, septfoil, shepherd's knot, or thormantle.

Tannin Process for leather 1700,s

In the early 1700's when there was a shortage of trees in Ireland the government awarded £200 to William Maple for discovering that leather could be tanned using Tormentil roots

Tormentil - Western Isles Flora
©2014 Virtual Hebrides
Website Design and Hosting by Western Isles Web Services Ltd, Isle of Lewis Western Isles - Outer Hebrides
This image can be purchased for £5.
If 3 or more images are purchased the price will be reduced to £4 per image. Eg. 3 images would cost only £12, a saving of £3. We place no restriction on the use of images purchased, they can be used on websites or printed media without further cost.

Once you have purchased your image(s) you will be sent an email with a link to where you can download the image(s). Your image(s) will be available for download for up 3 month after the date of purchase


   Image Size:

  Pixels Inches Centimetres
  Inches and cm sizes are approximate