- Forget-me-not, Yelloweye forget-me-not, Water scorpion-grass
- Myosotis palustris
- A creeping, herbaceous perennial, 8-20 inches tall, with fibrous roots or stolons.
- lower leaves oblanceolate
- upper leaves oblong to elliptic
- obtuse and narrow at base
- 1-3 inches long
- Flat, five-petaled flowers, blue or occasionally white, with yellow centers. Flowers grow in terminal racemes.
- nutlets are shiny, brown to black
- angled and keeled on inner side
- naturalizes in wet areas
- stream banks, floodplains, wetlands, lakes, ponds, wet meadows
Key ID Features:
- terminal, flat, blue flowers centers yellow
- Bay forget-me-not (Myosotis laxa) has smaller flowers. Woodland forget-me-not (M. sylvatica) has hooked hairs on its calyx and is found in dry woods not in wet habitats.
- Myosotis scorpioides can naturalize in wet places and form large monocultures in or near streams. True forget-me-not is still commonly planted in gardens and can escape into surrounding natural areas.
Growth Form: Herb
Origin: Europe, Western Asia
Level of Invasiveness for Nantucket: Likely Invasive
Level of Invasiveness for Massachusetts: Likely Invasive
Massachusetts Cultivation Restrictions: importation ban July 2006, propagation ban January 2007