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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.


White Water-lily

Nymphaea alba

Gaelic name : Duilleag-bhàite Bhuidhe

White Water-lily White Water-lily

White Water-lily was traditionally used in the Western Isles to make a dye for the Harris tweed. The roots of white-water lily boiled with an alum or iron mordant give a black or brown dye.

The roots of the lily were harvested by wading out into a loch and finding the rhizomes with toes, usually during dry weather when the water level had dropped. Some of our lochs are deep, and most have very murky sediments...

We also get yellow water-lily in the Western Isles, this one only occurs in Loch Fada, Lochmaddy in North Uist, and in a loch in South Uist.

White water-lily is a native wildflower of the Western Isles.

Photography © Suzanne Harris
Uig - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
17th June, 2007

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