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Alpine Forget-me-not Eritrichium nanum (Eritrichium aretioides)


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Alpine Forget-me-not
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Alternate name: Arctic Alpine Forget-me-not

Family: Boraginaceae, Borage view all from this family

Description A low, cushion-like plant with deep blue flowers just above the tufted leaves.
Habit: native perennial herb.
Height: to 6 in (15 cm)
Leaf: alternate, lanceolate, covered with loose hairs, tipped with long hairy tuft; to 1/2 in (1.3 cm) long.
Flower: corolla funnel-shaped, about 1/4 in (6 mm) wide, 5-lobed, with 5 yellow pads around the opening to the narrow tube.
Fruit: 4 smooth nutlets.

Flower April to August.

Habitat Open rocky places high in the mountains; to 10,500 ft (3200 m).

Range Northern New Mexico to western Montana and Washington; Alaska and Yukon.

Discussion Also known as Arctic alpine forget-me-not. Listed as sensitive in Washington. Four varieties are recognized. The genus name comes from the Greek erion (wool) and trichos (hair), referring to the hairs on the plants. On Howard's Alpine Forget-me-not (E. howardii), a related plant found in western Montana and northern Wyoming, the hairs are so dense they usually hide the leaf surface.