Western Isles Wildflowers
Western Isles wildflowers is a collection of information about our Hebridean wildflowers including identification hints, traditional herbal uses and general plant lore.
(Buckbean, Marsh Trefil, Water Trefoil, Marsh Clover)
Gaelic name: Trì-bhileach, Pònair Chapaill
Bogbean is an aquatic plant with large leaves like those of a broad-bean plant.
Both leaves and flowers are held above the water.
This plant is common in watery bogs and shallow inland lochs, turning vast areas pink-white with it's star-like flowers in the early spring.
This is a well known herb for the skin. The root of bogbean (simmered for up to 8 hours) has been used locally as part of a preparation for Psoriasis, a chronic (long - lasting) skin disease characterized by scaling and inflammation.
It was used in olden times for scurvey and as a tobacco.
In South Uist a decoction made from dried bogbean was used taken first thing in the morning to treat headaches.
Uig - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles) 4th June, 2006
(In full flower on 10th June, 2006)
Detail Photography © Kim Park, notes by Ela Springwater
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