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Myosotis scorpioides - L.

Common Name Water Forget-Me-Not, True forget-me-not
Family Boraginaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wet places by streams and ponds[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to N. Africa and the Himalayas N. America
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Myosotis scorpioides Water Forget-Me-Not, True forget-me-not


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Myosotis scorpioides Water Forget-Me-Not, True forget-me-not
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Summary

Bloom Color: Blue. Main Bloom Time: Early summer. Form: Irregular or sprawling, Spreading or horizontal, Upright or erect.


Physical Characteristics

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Myosotis scorpioides is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.6 m (2ft in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in leaf all year, in flower from May to September, and the seeds ripen from July to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies, Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist or wet soil and can grow in water.

Synonyms

M. palustris.

Habitats

 Pond; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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Used in the treatment of whooping cough and bronchitis[61].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Ground cover, Massing, Rock garden, Specimen, Woodland garden. Prefers a wet soil but thrives in a moist shady border[111]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Does well on pond edges[200]. Prefers a sunny position[1]. Plants are hardy to about -20°c[187]. A long-lived species[187], it spreads freely when growing in marshy ground[233]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233]. Special Features: Attractive foliage, North American native, Naturalizing, Wetlands plant, Suitable for cut flowers, Fragrant flowers.

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Propagation

Seed - sow outdoors in situ in late spring or early summer. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 4 weeks at 20°c. Division in spring[111]. Large divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer. Cuttings of young shoots, summer in a shady border[111].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Myosotis alpestrisAlpine Forget-Me-Not, Scorpion Grass, Forget-Me-Not02

 

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Readers comment

Victoria   Thu Jan 8 2009

Is this plant sexual or asexual?

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