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Flowering plants

Plants are what make almost every metre of land in Scotland green in summer. You will find these from the high tide mark to our mountain tops. They come in every size from huge ancient trees to herbs so tiny that you may not notice them. Most have flowers that further brighten our environment in their season. They provide the livelihood of every farmer and forester and the food of the majority of animals. Every year they lock up tonnes of the carbon dioxide that is causing global warming. Without them existence would be impossible: they even make the very oxygen we breathe.

Melancholy thistle, Cirsium  heleniodies. ©Lorne Gill/SNH.For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

An overview of Scottish plants

Scotland has a diverse flora that defines its unique character. Read about some of the highlights and discover how you can get involved.

Twinflower.  ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Woodland plants

Bluebells, primroses and twinflower are just some of the beautiful plants found in Scotland's woodlands. Find out more on these and other woodland plants.

Heather Moorland near Amulree, Perthshire. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Plants of mountains, heaths and bogs

Plants employ many strategies to survive these harsh places. Find out how these plants cope with these environments and much more...

White Water Lily. ©Jim Parkin/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Plants of lochs, rivers and marshes

Scotland has a wealth of freshwater habitats. Find out about the plants that enjoy the wet!

Wildflower meadow, Loch Druidibeg National Nature Reserve, South Uist. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Farmland and croftland plants

Discover more about the many plants that have adapted to the conditions that have been created by generations of farmers and crofters working the land.

Beach dunes and Marram grass, South Uist.   ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Coastal and marine plants

Find out more about the kinds of plants that stabilise coastal land and provide some spectacular displays of colour.

Glenboig Village Park. ©George Logan/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Plants in our villages, towns and cities

Our urban greenspaces can provide home to a surprising variety of wild plants.



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