Flora of the Faroes

Flora of the Faroe Islands (Wikipedia)

The natural vegetation of the Faroe Islands consists of over 400 different plant species. Most of the lowland area is grassland and some is heather mainly Calluna vulgaris. The Faroese nature is characterized by the lack of trees, and resembles that of Connemara and Dingle in Ireland and the Scottish Islands.

Woody plants: There are no native forests in the Faroe Islands, and only a few woody plants occur. Findings of Betula pubescens trunks and branches in the soil, dated to ca 2300 b.c., and the abundance of Corylus pollen in deep layers, suggest that at least some local stands of Birch and Hazel trees were present in the Faroe Islands, prior to human settlement.

Faroese Wild Flowers

Photos of wild flowers, plants, seaweed and other kind of vegetation from the Faroe Islands.

In Faroese these wild flowers are called “Sjógras” or “Mjátt sjógras”. According to a book I have, this flower is called Armeria Maritima in latin. I took this photo on the 21st of June 2009 in Sumba, which is a small village in Suðuroy in the Faroe Islands. The village is situated along the coast line on the west coast of the island Suduroy. The flower is very common in the Faroes. Flowering period is May-July.