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.
Lus Midhe Caochlaidheach
This plant is called changing forget-me-not, because the flowers start off yellow or creamy-white and change to blue. Most of the forget-me-nots start off pink then change to blue. The flowers of this wildflower are tiny, only 2mm across.
The flowering season for changing forget-me-not is May to June.
All the forget-me-nots are attractive to bees, and as changing forget-me-not is one of the relatively few wildflowers about in spring it is a useful nectar source for early solitary bees.
The changing forget-me-not is found on dry, open sites on sandy soils like the machair and also on bare places.
In the Western Isles the forget me-not was magically associated with gaining wealth and protection from evil influences.
This plant is sometimes known as yellow forget-me-not.
We have water forget-me-not, creeping forget-me-not, tufted forget-me-not, common forget-me-not (field), and changing forget-me-not (yellow) growing in the Western Isles.
Photography © Frank Stark
South Lochs - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
16th May, 2007
Frank's web site of his nature photography