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Field forget-me-not (Myosotis arvensis)

Field forget-me-not Synonyms: Myosotis scorpioides var. arvensis

Description: Introduced to North America as an ornamental garden plant.

Habit: Annual, usually biennial and sometimes perennial herb with a short taproot, many branches and growing 4-16 inches in height.

Leaves: Alternate, toothless, lower leaves mostly broadest above the middle, often stalked, up to 2 1/4 inches long and 2/3 wide. They become smaller, stalkless and lance-oblong as they ascend the stem. Densely covered in hairs with a fringe of hairs all around the edge.

Stems: Round or angled in cross section, multiple and branched at the base, erect, widely branched above, densely covered in hair.

Flowers: Raceme of stalked flowers at the tips of stems, cluster initially curled at the tip. 1/8 inch across, blue or white in color, tubular with 5 spreading, round to egg shaped lobes. Stalks are about 1/4 inch long. Bloom from May to September.

Fruit and seeds: Small, 3 sided, black nutlet.

Habitat: Native to Eurasia. Can be found in fields, waste grounds, gardens, yards, meadows and rocky outcrops.

Reproduction: By seed.

Similar species: Spring Forget-me-not (Myosotis verna) and the non-native Wood Forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica).

Monitoring and rapid response: Hand pull before plants go to seed, making sure to remove all root fragments. Can be effectively controlled using any of several readily available general use herbicides such as glyphosate.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from Minnesota Wildflowers and NatureGate.

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Common Name:

Field forget-me-not

Scientific Name:

Myosotis arvensis







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