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True Forget-me-not Myosotis scorpioides


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True Forget-me-not

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Family: Boraginaceae, Borage view all from this family

Description Non-native weed of moist places.
Habit: introduced perennial herb; fleshy, finely hairy stems, erect to creeping, slightly zigzagged; stoloniferous.
Height: 4-24 in (10-60 cm)
Leaf: alternate, slightly hairy, narrowly oblong to lanceolate, 1-4 in (25-100 mm) long, 0.3-0.8 in (7-20 mm) wide.
Flower: tiny trumpet with 5 oval lobes, pale blue to lavender, 1/4-3/8 in (6-8 mm) wide, on thin stalk; with yellow eye; held in terminal cluster, to 8 in (20 cm) long, along one side of coiled stalk which opens as flowers open.
Fruit: divided into 1-4 dark, smooth, shiny nutlets.

Flower May to October.

Habitat Moist places bogs, streambanks and shorelines; sometimes cultivated as an ornamental.

Range Native to Europe and Siberia; introduced as an ornamental; now naturalized throughout most of North America; not reported in some parts of northern Canada, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, or South Carolina.

Discussion Also known as forget-me-not, common forget-me-not, yelloweye forget-me-not, water forget-me-not, water scorpion-grass. Considered weedy and invasive in most locations. Banned or prohibitive in Massachusets and Connecticut.