Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Eyebright

Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Eyebright. 

Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Eyebright. 

This week's Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week was Eyebright - Euphrasia.

Eyebright is found on all the inhabited islands. It's a small plant found in heathy places, particularly among the heather. It grows very low with tiny white flowers marked with purple and yellow. The colouring was thought to look like a bruised eye.

In the 14th century this plant was considered a cure for all eye problems and is still used as a herbal remedy today. It also can be used for wounds and issues with the respiratory tract such as coughs, colds or hayfever. However, it does come with an impressive list of side effects and additional cautions for diabetics.

The botanical name for Eyebright is Euphrasia from the Greek goddess and means good cheer, mirth or joy. It is semi-parasitic, taking nourishment from the roots of other plants. The small flowered Eyebright, as found here, is almost always self pollinated.

Next time you're walking on the headlands look out for a small white flower among the heather. The flower is shaped a bit like a sleeveless ballerina dress with the "skirt" divided into three.

You can listen to Liz's Wildflower Of The Week below and Liz will have a brand new wildflower for you next Wednesday at 10:30am.