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Forget-me-nots (Myosotis)
Forget-me-nots, or scorpion grasses, are flowering plants with tiny blue flowers. They were originally known in German as Vergissmeinnicht which was translated to forget-me-not in the 1300s. They have been cultivated in temperate regions around the world, but are more usually native in the wild in Eurasia.
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Attributes of Forget-me-nots

Plant Height
50 cm
Spread
20 cm
Flower Color
White
Purple
Blue
Pink
Leaf type
Semi-evergreen
Ideal Temperature
20 - 35 ℃

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Forget-me-nots thrive in cool climates and prefer partially shaded to full sun locations. They need well-drained, moist soil rich in organic matter, and consistent watering to prevent the soil from drying out, though care should be taken to avoid overwatering. Temperature extremes, both hot and cold, can stress forget-me-nots, with ideal temperatures ranging from 60 to 70°F (15 to 21°C). Forget-me-nots may encounter challenges such as powdery mildew, rust, and aphids. Seasonally, forget-me-nots require protection from intense heat in summer and heavy frost in winter. Spring is the primary growth season, whereas autumn may necessitate lesser watering and protection from cooler temperatures.
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8 most common species:
Myosotis sylvatica
Woodland forget-me-not
Woodland forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica) is an easy-to-grow perennial. Famously known for its pretty blue flowers, this short-lived perennial is a great addition to flower beds, borders, and rock gardens. The specific epithet, sylvatica, means, "forest-loving."
Myosotis arvensis
Field forget-me-not
Field forget-me-not (Myosotis arvensis) is an annual plant species that grows in open areas, fields, pastures and roadsides. Field forget-me-not is often considered a weed by farmers and gardeners. This species thrives in full sun and partial shade. This species spreads through small hairs that attach to animal fur and people's clothing. The hairs are then transported to different locations where they can potentially sprout.
Myosotis scorpioides
True forget-me-not
True forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides) is a perennial wildflower native to Europe and Asia. True forget-me-not grows substantially throughout North America, where it is sometimes considered an invasive species. True forget-me-not is also called scorpion grass, for the curvature of the plant's growth.
Myosotis alpestris
Alpine forget-me-not
Alpine forget-me-not (*Myosotis alpestris*) are famously popular for flower arrangements and ground covers. These flowers are found in many places around the world: Europe, Western Asia, and North America. Despite the delicate appearance of its small blue flowers, this plant is a hardy, low-growing perennial.
Myosotis latifolia
Broadleaf Forget-Me-Not
Broadleaf Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis latifolia) is a perennial herb that will grow from 46 to 61 cm tall. It is commonly found growing along the Pacific coastline in California. It grows in damp disturbed locations. Produces flower clusters of delicate blue blossoms from winter to summer. Its seeds can live dormant in the ground for up to 30 years before germinating and starting new growth.
Myosotis ramosissima
Early forget-me-not
Early forget-me-not is a common wildflower widely distributed across Europe. It's an early bloomer that flowers in spring. The genus Myosotis was first described by Carl Linneus and the entire genus is known as food for the larvae of some moth species including the Hebrew character (Orthosia gothica).
Myosotis stricta
Strict forget-me-not
Strict forget-me-not (Myosotis stricta) is an annual that is often considered a weed. It is native to Eurasia and is commonly found growing in fields campgrounds wooded areas and roadsides. Blooms from spring through summer with small cup-shaped blue flowers. Thrives in full sun or partial shade and prefers sandy soil.
Myosotis laxa
Bay forget-me-not
Bay forget-me-not (*Myosotis laxa*) has a circumboreal range and is found in several areas throughout the Northern Hemisphere. It is a semiaquatic plant and capable of taking root in shallow water. Like other forget-me-nots, it has small, delicate blue flowers with bright yellow centers.

All Species of Forget-me-nots

Woodland forget-me-not
Myosotis sylvatica
Woodland forget-me-not
Woodland forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica) is an easy-to-grow perennial. Famously known for its pretty blue flowers, this short-lived perennial is a great addition to flower beds, borders, and rock gardens. The specific epithet, sylvatica, means, "forest-loving."
Field forget-me-not
Myosotis arvensis
Field forget-me-not
Field forget-me-not (Myosotis arvensis) is an annual plant species that grows in open areas, fields, pastures and roadsides. Field forget-me-not is often considered a weed by farmers and gardeners. This species thrives in full sun and partial shade. This species spreads through small hairs that attach to animal fur and people's clothing. The hairs are then transported to different locations where they can potentially sprout.
True forget-me-not
Myosotis scorpioides
True forget-me-not
True forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides) is a perennial wildflower native to Europe and Asia. True forget-me-not grows substantially throughout North America, where it is sometimes considered an invasive species. True forget-me-not is also called scorpion grass, for the curvature of the plant's growth.
Alpine forget-me-not
Myosotis alpestris
Alpine forget-me-not
Alpine forget-me-not (*Myosotis alpestris*) are famously popular for flower arrangements and ground covers. These flowers are found in many places around the world: Europe, Western Asia, and North America. Despite the delicate appearance of its small blue flowers, this plant is a hardy, low-growing perennial.
Broadleaf Forget-Me-Not
Myosotis latifolia
Broadleaf Forget-Me-Not
Broadleaf Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis latifolia) is a perennial herb that will grow from 46 to 61 cm tall. It is commonly found growing along the Pacific coastline in California. It grows in damp disturbed locations. Produces flower clusters of delicate blue blossoms from winter to summer. Its seeds can live dormant in the ground for up to 30 years before germinating and starting new growth.
Early forget-me-not
Myosotis ramosissima
Early forget-me-not
Early forget-me-not is a common wildflower widely distributed across Europe. It's an early bloomer that flowers in spring. The genus Myosotis was first described by Carl Linneus and the entire genus is known as food for the larvae of some moth species including the Hebrew character (Orthosia gothica).
Strict forget-me-not
Myosotis stricta
Strict forget-me-not
Strict forget-me-not (Myosotis stricta) is an annual that is often considered a weed. It is native to Eurasia and is commonly found growing in fields campgrounds wooded areas and roadsides. Blooms from spring through summer with small cup-shaped blue flowers. Thrives in full sun or partial shade and prefers sandy soil.
Bay forget-me-not
Myosotis laxa
Bay forget-me-not
Bay forget-me-not (*Myosotis laxa*) has a circumboreal range and is found in several areas throughout the Northern Hemisphere. It is a semiaquatic plant and capable of taking root in shallow water. Like other forget-me-nots, it has small, delicate blue flowers with bright yellow centers.
Changing forget-me-not
Myosotis discolor
Changing forget-me-not
Classified as both an annual and a perennial, changing forget-me-not is also known as Myosotis discolor. Its common name comes from its changing blooms. When the flowers first open, they are cream-colored but change to pink and then blue as the blooms mature.
Largeseed forget-me-not
Myosotis macrosperma
Largeseed forget-me-not
Largeseed forget-me-not is an early bloomer whose white flowers appear in spring. This annual flower grows in various different habitats such as the rich soil of woods and low forests fields prairies and alluvial woods.
Asian forget-me-not
Myosotis asiatica
Asian forget-me-not
Also known as asian forget-me-not, this plant can reach up to 30 cm in height. Its blue flowers bloom prolifically in early summer and attract bees and butterflies.
Lapland forget-me-not
Myosotis decumbens
Lapland forget-me-not
Lapland forget-me-not, with its charming blue to purple blooms and heart-shaped leaves, flourishes in the understory of temperate woodlands. The delicate flowers, each with a central yellow eye, emerge in spring, creating a carpet of color. Its decumbent growth, stems creeping along the ground, enables lapland forget-me-not to stabilize soil and efficiently absorb moisture and nutrients, making it a hardy survivor in its lush habitat.
Myosotis rehsteineri
Myosotis rehsteineri
Myosotis rehsteineri
Myosotis rehsteineri is a delicate, herbaceous plant with small, vibrant blue flowers. These blossoms stand out with their yellow centers, drawing pollinators in its native woodland settings. Characterized by its narrow, elongated leaves, myosotis rehsteineri thrives under a canopy of trees, benefiting from dappled sunlight. The plant's compact growth is an adaptation to the competitive underbrush environment.
Myosotis sparsiflora
Myosotis sparsiflora
Myosotis sparsiflora
The scattered forget-me-not is an annual krautige plant, the stature heights of 10 to 30, rarely reaches up to 40 cm. The stem is flabby, low-lying or ascending, fresh green, sparsely hairy, edgy and fragile. The leaves are spatulate, 5 to 15 cm long and 1.3 to 4 cm wide.
Wood forget-me-not 'Blue Ball'
Myosotis sylvatica 'Blue Ball'
Wood forget-me-not 'Blue Ball'
The wood forget-me-not 'Blue Ball' is a cultivar created so that people could enjoy the bright blue flowers of this plant in a domestic area. Being more compact and rounded, this form was designed to thrive in a container setting. It is prized for its delicate blue blooms.
Scorpion grasses 'Sylvia Blue'
Myosotis 'Sylvia Blue'
Scorpion grasses 'Sylvia Blue'
Scorpion grasses 'Sylvia Blue' are also commonly called forget-me-nots due to their small blue blooms and their symbolism of loyal love. They attract bees and butterflies with their sweet nectar and bloom from early spring to late fall, making them a great addition to any garden bed or border.
Changing forget-me-not
Myosotis discolor subsp. discolor
Changing forget-me-not
Changing forget-me-not is a small, herbaceous plant characterized by its charming, delicate flowers that change from yellow to blue as they age. Its leaves are narrow and hairy, forming a rosette at the base. Thriving in disturbed soils, changing forget-me-not's ability to adapt is evident in its wide dispersion in grasslands and along pathways, attracting pollinators with its color-shifting blossoms.
Myosotis capitata
Myosotis capitata
Myosotis capitata
Myosotis capitata is a forget-me-knot that is native to New Zealand where it is classed as "At Risk – Naturally Uncommon" under the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS). The specific epithet refers to the head-shaped structure of the flower clusters. You can see this perennial herb's attractive clusters of violet-blue flowers in the summer months in low-lying rocky environments on thin peaty soils.
Myosotis glauca
Myosotis glauca
Myosotis glauca
Myosotis glauca is a delicate, flowering plant boasting small, blue flowers with yellow centers. Its foliage presents a grayish-green hue, signifying its common name 'glaucous forget-me-not.' Thriving in moist, well-drained soils, myosotis glauca often flourishes in woodland habitats, hinting at its resilience in dappled sunlight. Its petite stature and preference for cooler climates characterize myosotis glauca's ethereal presence in temperate gardens.
Myosotis australis
Myosotis australis
Myosotis australis
Myosotis australis is a delicate perennial herb characterized by its small, vibrant blue flowers with yellow centers. The foliage forms a basal rosette of hairy leaves, and the flowering stems rise to display the forget-me-not’s quintessential blossoms. Thriving in moist, shaded habitats, myosotis australis exhibits a resilience that belies its dainty appearance, often carpeting forest floors and stream banks with its striking hue.
Myosotis traversii var. cantabrica
Myosotis traversii var. cantabrica
Myosotis traversii var. cantabrica
The myosotis traversii var. cantabrica is a perennial herb notable for its delicate, sky-blue flowers with yellow centers, reminiscent of forget-me-nots. With fuzzy, lance-shaped leaves, this variant thrives in the rocky limestone soils of the Cantabrian Mountains. Resilient in cool, alpine climates, it forms lush mats, enhancing its survival amidst rugged terrain. Its striking blooms are a beacon for pollinators in its native habitat.
Myosotis elderi
Myosotis elderi
Myosotis elderi
Myosotis elderi is a hardy perennial with small, delicate blue flowers that form in clustered umbels, lending a soft texture to garden spaces. Its bright green foliage provides a perfect backdrop for the forget-me-not family's signature blooms. Thriving in moist, shaded environments, myosotis elderi is well-suited for woodland settings, displaying resilience in cooler climates and often spreading gently to create a subtly enchanting ground cover.
Myosotis antarctica
Myosotis antarctica
Myosotis antarctica
Myosotis antarctica is a resilient perennial adapted to the harsh climates of the Antarctic tundra. It displays small, delicate blue or violet blooms reminiscent of typical forget-me-nots, sprouting from compact, leafy rosettes. The foliage is fleshy, enabling it to retain water and withstand frigid conditions. This adaptation underscores the plant's tenacity in a region where few thrive.
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The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
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Forget-me-nots, or scorpion grasses, are flowering plants with tiny blue flowers. They were originally known in German as Vergissmeinnicht which was translated to forget-me-not in the 1300s. They have been cultivated in temperate regions around the world, but are more usually native in the wild in Eurasia.
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Attributes of Forget-me-nots

Plant Height
50 cm
Spread
20 cm
Flower Color
White
Purple
Blue
Pink
Leaf type
Semi-evergreen
Ideal Temperature
20 - 35 ℃

Scientific Classification of Forget-me-nots

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Forget-me-nots thrive in cool climates and prefer partially shaded to full sun locations. They need well-drained, moist soil rich in organic matter, and consistent watering to prevent the soil from drying out, though care should be taken to avoid overwatering. Temperature extremes, both hot and cold, can stress forget-me-nots, with ideal temperatures ranging from 60 to 70°F (15 to 21°C). Forget-me-nots may encounter challenges such as powdery mildew, rust, and aphids. Seasonally, forget-me-nots require protection from intense heat in summer and heavy frost in winter. Spring is the primary growth season, whereas autumn may necessitate lesser watering and protection from cooler temperatures.
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8 most common species:
Myosotis sylvatica
Woodland forget-me-not
Woodland forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica) is an easy-to-grow perennial. Famously known for its pretty blue flowers, this short-lived perennial is a great addition to flower beds, borders, and rock gardens. The specific epithet, sylvatica, means, "forest-loving."
Myosotis arvensis
Field forget-me-not
Field forget-me-not (Myosotis arvensis) is an annual plant species that grows in open areas, fields, pastures and roadsides. Field forget-me-not is often considered a weed by farmers and gardeners. This species thrives in full sun and partial shade. This species spreads through small hairs that attach to animal fur and people's clothing. The hairs are then transported to different locations where they can potentially sprout.
Myosotis scorpioides
True forget-me-not
True forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides) is a perennial wildflower native to Europe and Asia. True forget-me-not grows substantially throughout North America, where it is sometimes considered an invasive species. True forget-me-not is also called scorpion grass, for the curvature of the plant's growth.
Myosotis alpestris
Alpine forget-me-not
Alpine forget-me-not (*Myosotis alpestris*) are famously popular for flower arrangements and ground covers. These flowers are found in many places around the world: Europe, Western Asia, and North America. Despite the delicate appearance of its small blue flowers, this plant is a hardy, low-growing perennial.
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Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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