True Forget-me-not
Myosotis scorpioidesBoraginaceae
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Photos (c) Cheryl Comeau Beaton unless otherwise noted

Synonyms:

  • Forget-me-not, Yelloweye forget-me-not, Water scorpion-grass
  • Myosotis palustris

The Plant:

  • A creeping, herbaceous perennial, 8-20 inches tall, with fibrous roots or stolons.

The Leaves:

  • pubescent
  • evergreen
  • lower leaves oblanceolate
  • upper leaves oblong to elliptic
  • obtuse and narrow at base
  • 1-3 inches long

The Flowers:

  • Flat, five-petaled flowers, blue or occasionally white, with yellow centers. Flowers grow in terminal racemes.

The Fruits:

  • nutlets are shiny, brown to black
  • angled and keeled on inner side

The Habitat:

  • naturalizes in wet areas
  • stream banks, floodplains, wetlands, lakes, ponds, wet meadows
  • gardens

Dispersal:

  • water

Key ID Features:

  • creeping
  • hairy
  • evergreen
  • terminal, flat, blue flowers centers yellow
  • nutlets

Similar Species:

  • 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.

Notes:

  • 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




Credits: The Electronic Field Guide to the Invasive Plants of Nantucket (c) 2005-2006 Maria Mitchell Association, EFG Project, UMass Boston