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True forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides)

True forget-me-not Synonyms: Myosotis palustris

Common Names: Yelloweye forget-me-not, Forget-me-not

Description: Many legends regarding this plant in European folklore. Plant was first recognized in 1532.

Habit: Erect; perennial; 4-24 in tall forb; stems hairy; often creeping; roots fibrous.

Leaves: Alternate, stalkless, hairy, evergreen in ponds.

Stems: Hairy; erect.

Flowers: Blue with a yellow center, 5-parted, 1/4-3/8 in wide, petals flat at the top of the tube, calyx with flat, tight hairs, the lobes much shorter than the tube; calyx drawing inflorescence a terminal, curving, branched cluster (cyme); blooms May to September.

Fruit and seeds: Smooth, shiny nutlets (4) on spreading stalks, blackish in color.

Habitat: Native to Eurasia. Found in moist to wet meadows, ditches, pond margins and swamps.

Reproduction: By seed or vegetatively by stolons.

Similar species: Woodland forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica).

Monitoring and rapid response: Hand-pulling for small infestations.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, USDA PLANTS Database and the University of British Columbia.

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Common Name:

True forget-me-not

Scientific Name:

Myosotis scorpioides







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