Western Isles - Wild Flowers - Wildflowers & - Hebrides Flowers


The Hebrides has a great diversity of wild flowers - from the yellow flag irises - to the beautiful orchids which flower here. Lovely wildflowers of the Western Isles. In the late spring and summer the beautiful machair with its many types of wild flowers interwoven - a rare carpet of flowers - only to be seen in the Western Isles.

     
Red Bartsia - Hebrides Wildflowers
Red Bartsia

Pink - Red wildflowers of the Western Isles, often overlooked these colourful flowers on their long stems create quite a display.

Hebrides Red Wildflowers - Red Bartsia

Bluebells - Stornoway
Bluebell

Famous for creating a carpet of blue flowers in early summer woodlands.The bluebell is a protected species.

Bluebells - Stornoway

Birds Foot Trefoil
Birds Foot Treefoil

Birds foot trefoil, a member of the pea family. Its clover like lovely tiny yellow flowers are seen all over The Isles.

Birds Foot Trefoil - Yellow Hebridean Wildflowers

     
Blotched Monkey Flower
Blotched Monkey Flower

Pretty mimulus luteus, grows here in the Hebrides almost wild. It is thought to have been introduced but thrives very well.

Blotched Monkey Flower - Hebrides Wildflowers

Bog Asphodel - Yellow Orange Western Isles Wildflowers
Bog Asphodel

Bog Asphodel, Bright Yellow flowers on a long spiky stem, the yellow wildflowers show orange tips after flowering

Wildflowers - Bog Asphodel

Bogbean - Aquatic Wildflower Plants
Bogbean

Bog bean - Common in the bogs and lochs in The Western Isles - has white star shaped flowers in the early spring.

Bogbean-Western Isles wildflowers

     
Bog Cotton
Bog Cotton

Bog Cotton - really does look like cotton - attached to the stems and blowing in the wind.

Bog Cotton

Lesser Burdock - Thistle Like Flowers
Lesser Burdock

Lovely purple thistle like flowers adorn the long stems throughout July to September in The Western Isles of Scotland.

Hebrides Wildflowers - Purple - Lesser Burdock

Butterwort - Purple Wildflowers of The Hebrides
Butterwort

Butterwort has violet two-lipped flowers. It is a carnivorous plant that catches insects. It is seen all over The Western Isles.

Butterwort

     
Sea Campion
Sea Campion

Sea Campion - lovely white wildflowers that can be seen on the cliff tops and flower here from May to July

Sea Campion - White Western Isles Flowers

White Campion
White Campion

White Campion - that are native to The Western Isles , we also get ragged robin flowers here which are a type of campion

White Campion - White Western Isles Flowers

Lesser Celandine
Lesser Celandine

Surprisingly it was the lesser celandine that Wordsworth loved best - not daffodils as many think.

Lesser Celandine

     
Red Clover
Red Clover

Pink, Red or Purple wildflowers flowers common to the Western Isles, really pretty when you view the flower close

Sea Campion - White Western Isles Flowers

Common Centaury
Common Centaury

Five pink petals petals and a yellow centre open in the sunshine throughout June to September. They are a type of gentian

Common Centaury - White Western Isles Flowers

Cuckoo Flower - Pink Wildflowers - Hebrides
Cuckoo Flower

Tiny pink flowers which grow wild in various places throughout the western Isles. Lovely wildflowers of the Hebrides.

Sea Campion - White Western Isles Flowers

     
Daisy
Daisy

A familiar, native wildflower. Attractive, silver white blooms with golden-yellow 'eyes' seen all over The Western Isles

Daisy - White Western Isles Flowers

Eyebright-Western Isles wildflowers
Eyebright

These lovely tiny white or lilac flowers the eyebright are seen in The Western Isles throughout the summer, pretty wildflowers.

Sea Campion - White Western Isles Flowers

Field Gentian- Purple Wildflowers
Field Gentian

Compact violet purple flowers - are a delight to see especially as they are becoming a little more rare.

Field Gentian - Purple Western Isles Flowers

     
Water Forget Me Nots
Water Forget Me Nots

Tiny blue flowers with a yellow centre, there are five types of forget me nots to be found in the Western Isles

Water Forget Me Nots Western Isles Flowers

Foxgloves
Foxglove

A Tall plant thrives in woodlands, moors, mountains & sea cliffs. It likes acidic soils and so is suited to the Western Isles.

Foxglove - White Western Isles Flowers

Funghi - Western Isles
Funghi

Funghi - Toadstools & Mushrooms seen all over The Western Isles. All manner of shapes, Colours & Sizes

Western Isles Funghi

     
Geranium - Doves Foot Cranesbill
Geranium - Doves Foot

This lovely pink mauve geranium, the doves foot cranesbill is a really pretty wildflower. The mauve centres are stunning

Doves Foot Cranesbill

Meadowsfoot Cranesbill
Meadow Cranesbill

Meadow Cranesbill - a lovely purple geranium, not native to the Western Isles, maybe garden escapes, but still pretty

Meadow Cranesbill

Gorse-Yellow Wildflowers
Gorse

Gorse likes the acid soil. The yellow flowers on this spiny evergreen shrub are prolific during April and May

Gorse-Western Isles Yellow Wildflowers

     
Harebells - Blue Wildflowers
Harebell

Nodding blue bell shaped flowers display through the summer in the Hebrides amongst the machair's

Blue wildflowers

Hawkweed
Hawkweed

Tiny little pretty yellow wildflowers seen all over The Western Isles. Many consider a weed - but it is too pretty to be a weed

Western Isles Yellow Wildflowers - Hawkweed

Bell Heather
Bell Heather

Vibrant bright pink bell heather, a lovely purple pink heather that profusely covers the rocks and drier parts of the island

Bell Heather

     
Cross Leaved Heath Heather
Cross Leaved Heather

Cross Leaved Heath Heather, often called Bog Heather as it loves damp moist conditions is a much paler heather

Water Forget Me Nots Western Isles Flowers

Ling Heather
Ling Heather

Pale pink mauve heather,dense terminal flower spikes. These tiny flowers aren't bell shaped like the other 2 heathers here

Ling

Honeysuckle
Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle, native to the Western Isles, This plant was a mass of flowers wedged in the rock face at Lingerbay - Isle of Harris

Honeysuckle

     
Purple Irises
Iris - Purple

Purple irises grow wild in The Isle of Harris, near Leverburgh, a protected species that only grow in the one place.

Purple Irises

Yellow Flag Iris
Iris - Yellow Flag

The wild iris or flag iris are very prolific here in The Hebrides. The flowers appear from April through to June.

Yellow Flag Iris - Hebrides Flowers

Kidney Vetch
Kidney Vetch

Clusters of Yellow wildflowers with patches of orange or red on them creating lovely bright displays

Ling

     
Knapweed
Knapweed

These lovely purple wildflowers look like thistles, but they have no spikes, seen all over the Western Isles

Knapweed

Ladies Bedstraw
Ladies Bedstraw

Clusters of yellow wildflowers that create a carpet on the machair or by the sea on the sandy dunes.

Knapweed

Lichens
Lichen

Lichen organisms / funghi are really diverse. From bright yellow lichen through to grey green lichen

Knapweed

     
Water Lily
Water Lily

Lovely wildflowers, white water lilies grow wild in the lochs in The Western Isles - Isle of Lewis

Knapweed

Lousewort
Lousewort

Lousewort grows wild here in the Western Isles on the damp moorland - wherever the ground is damp and moist.

Knapweed

Machair - Carpets of Wildflowers
Machair

Particular areas of the Western Isles have their own machair's made up of all different types of wildflowers .

Knapweed

     
Marsh Marigold
Marsh Marigold

A plant of wet meadows, marshes , wet woodlands, grows well in shade. Bright, glowing yellow flowers in the spring!

Marsh Marigold

Water Mint Isle of Harris wildflowers
Water Mint

This lovely mauve, pink, purple lilac plant grows near streams or wet boggy marshy land here in the Hebrides

Water Mint

Montbretia
Montbretia

Montbretia grows wild in some parts of the Western Isles. In September its bright copper colour makes stunning wildflowers.

Montbretia - Hebrides Wildflowers

     
Common Milkwort
Common Milkwort

Common Milkwort, blue, pink, mauve or white udder like wildflowers, one of the types seen here in the Hebrides

Common Milkwort

Pink Heath Milkwort
Heath Milkwort

Heath Milkwort, blue, pink, or white flowers, similar to the common milkwort, flowering on marshy grass or moorland

Heath Milkwort

Orchids - Western Isles
Orchids

There are around 7 species of orchids to be seen around the Western Isles, all are spectacularly pretty wildflowers

Orchids - Western Isles

   
Early Marsh Orchid
Early Marsh Orchid

These Orchids - love non acid soil and love the machairs of The Western Isles, flowers are carried in a dense spike of 20~30

Early Marsh Orchid

Heath Orchid - Western Isles
Heath Spotted Orchid

This orchid loves the acid peat moorland or damp pastures. This orchid is specific to The Western Isles

Heath Spotted Orchids

Hebridean spotted Orchid- Western Isles
Hebridean Spotted Orchid

The Hebridean spotted Orchid is specific to the Western isles and likes the lime that the sea shells bring to the sand & machair.

Hebridean Spotted Orchids - Western Isles

     
Lesser Butterfly Orchid - Western Isles
Lesser Butterfly Orchid

Tiny delicate wildflower, the lesser butterfly orchid, in recent times seen only in Western Scotland & The Western Isles.

Lesser Butterfly Orchids - Western Isles

Northern Marsh Orchid - Western Isles
Northern Marsh Orchid

The flower spike is dense , square topped, with 10-40 bright purple to magenta coloured flowers

Northern Marsh Orchids - Western Isles

Sea Plantain - Western Isles
Plantain - Sea Plantain

Sea Plantain, green flowers whose anthers are yellow, these lovely yellow wildflowers, thrive by the sea

Sea Plantain - Western Isles

     
Primroses- Western Isles
Primroses

Primroses, Creamy Yellow Wildflowers. One of the first flowers in the Hebrides to herald in spring.

Lesser Butterfly Orchids - Western Isles

Ragged Robin - Western Isles
Ragged Robin

The ragged robin wildflower, member of the carnation family, lovely pink flowers, likes damp places

Ragged Robin - Pink Wildflowers

Ragwort-Yellow Wildflowers - Hebrides
Common Ragwort

It is hard to believe - but these pretty yellow wildflowers are really weeds, all the same very pretty flowers

Yellow Wildflowers - Ragwort

     
 Rose
Rose

Striking bright pink wildflowers, native to the Western Isles, provide for insects, the fruit or hips borne in the wind for birds

rose-wildflowers - hebrides

Scabious - Hebrides Wildflowers
Scabious

Scabious or Devils bit, pinky purple flowers, so called as the roots appear like they have been bitten off (by by the devil)

Devils Bit - Scabious

Sea Mayweed - Western Isles
Sea Mayweed

Sea Mayweed A common seaside plant, with lovely white daisylike wildflowers - flowering June to September

Ragged Robin - Pink Wildflowers

     
Sea Rocket - Western Isles
Sea Rocket

The wild flowers on this plant which can be seen actually growing in the sand are very delicate and pretty.

Sea Rocket - Pink Wildflowers

Self Heal - Prunella - Hebrides Wildflowers
Self Heal

These lovely little red and purple wildflowers Self Heal - are native to Scotland and The UK

Self Heal

Silverweed - Hebrides Wildflowers
Silverweed

The underside of the leaves of the silverweed plant are silver in colour - hence the name.

Silverweed

     
Germander Speedwell - Hebrides Wildflowers
Germander Speedwell

There are 6 types of Speedwell growing here. This species can be identified by the hairs on either side of the stem...

Germander Speedwell

Heath Speedwell - Hebrides Wildflowers
Heath Speedwell

Heath speedwell differs other varieties of speedwell as its flowering stalks grow upright from the low growing stems. .

Heath  Speedwell

Spring Squill
Spring Squill

The star shaped delicate purple or blue wildflowers are low growing and tolerant of salt spray.

Spring Squil Hebrides

     
Biting Stonecrop
Biting Stonecrop

Golden yellow star shaped wildflowers that appear in sprays above the succulent leaves, in rock crevices or on the sand.

Biting Stonecrop

English Stonecrop
English Stonecrop

Pale pink star shaped wildflowers that appear in sprays above the succulent leaves, in rock crevices....

English Stonecrop

Tansy
Tansy

Tansy a perennial herbaceous flowering plant of the aster family, The yellow buttonlike wildflowers are lovely

Tansy Yellow Hebrides Wildflowers

     
Marsh Thistles
Marsh Thistle

The first of the three thistles to flower in the Western isles summers, these lovely deep purple flowers in clusters

Marsh Thistle

Spear Thistle
Spear Thistle

These pretty pink flowers are very pretty. The flower heads are larger than the creeping or marsh thistle flowers

English Stonecrop

Thrift
Thrift

Tiny pink flowers seem to grow anywhere on the sandy coastal areas of the Western Isles

Thrift

     
Wild Thyme
Wild Thyme

The first of the three thistles to flower in the Western isles summers, these lovely deep purple flowers in clusters

Thyme

Tormentil
Tormentil

The tiny flowers create a carpet along the moors really are very pretty when you take the time to look close up - so very tiny!

Tormentil Flowers

Bush Vetch
Bush Vetch

Bush Vetch, a climbing perennial climbing lovely purple wildflowers western Isles.

Bush Vetch

     
Tufted Vetch
Tufted Vetch

Tufted Vetch, a perennial climbing herb - with blue wild flowers from May to August in The Western Isles.

Tufted Vetch

Common Dog Violet
Common Dog Violet

These tiny blue flowers, the common dog violets - grow wild all over the Western Isles as do heath and marsh violets

violets

Heath Dog Violet
Heath Dog Violet

Lovely deep blue violets, one of the three types of violets to be seen here in the Western Isles.

Heath Dog Violet

     
Yarrow
Yarrow

Yarrow, with flat flower heads. Has a common name "soldiers wound wort" as was used to stop soldiers bleeding.

Yarrow

Yellow Rattle
Yellow Rattle

Yellow Rattle an annual seen in the Western Isles. The tube like yellow flowers appear in the summer .

Yellow rattle

Yorkshire Fog
Yorkshire Fog

This grass often thought of as a weed is really very pretty.Its purple flower heads. Named after the fogs that Yorkshire gets .

Yorkshire Fog

     
Miscellaneous - Lichen - Seaweed    
     
seaweed
Seaweed

Many different types of seaweed wash up on the Hebrides shores, some are really pretty. Read more and see pictures

Seaweed

Lichens
Lichen

Lichen organisms / funghi are really diverse. From bright yellow lichen through to grey green lichen

Knapweed

 
     
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