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.
New Zealand Willow Herb
Gaelic: Seileachan Làir
New Zealand willow herb is a not native wildflower of the Western Isles, it is an introduced plant. The first Western Isles record was in Barra in 1957. It can now be found across Lewis and Harris in habitats including paths, quarries, roadside verges, and grassy areas beside peatbanks. It favours alpine conditions, so can be found high in the hills.
New Zealand willow herb has pinkish-white flowers on long stalks (ovaries). When the flowers develop into seed pods they spit open longwise into three pieces, then curl back to release the seeds.
This wildflower is a perennial, it has almost circular leaves attached to it's creeping stems.
Starting green as the season progresses, the leaves become orange-brown.
Photography © Suzanne Harris
Uig - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
8th June, 2007