Lousewort (Photo: Laurie Campbell)
There are two species of Lousewort on Harris – Common Lousewort and Marsh Lousewort. Common Lousewort is very common on the drier parts of the moor whilst the Marsh Lousewort is found around the edges of boggy pools often on coastal heath land. Lousewort is a parasitic plant tapping in to the roots of grasses and other plants around it from which it takes nutrients. This is an adaptation to the nutrient poor environment that it lives in.
Lousewort was traditionally know as Honey Flower because its flowers are rich in nectar and were a sweet summer time treat for children.
by Robin Reid