Page author: Don Knoke
Myosotis scorpioides
common forget-me-not, true forget-me-not, water forget-me-not
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Introduced in much of western and eastern United States; uncommon in the Pacific Northwest

Habitat: Low to mid-elevations in the mountains

Flowers: June - August

Origin: Introduced from Eurasia

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Stoloniferous perennial from fibrous roots, the stems 2-6 dm. tall.

Leaves:

Leaves 2.5-8 cm. long and 7-20 mm. wide, the lowermost oblanceolate, the others oblong to lance-elliptic.

Flowers:

Inflorescence of 2 or 3 racemes terminating each branch, naked and open; pedicels spreading, 3-5 mm. long; calyx 3-5 mm. long, closely appressed-pubescent, the 5 lobes about equal to the tube; corolla tube narrow, the 5 lobes abruptly spreading, the limb 5-10 mm. wide, flat, blue; hairy appendages opposite the corolla lobes at the top of the tube; style longer than the nutlets.

Fruits:

Nutlets 4, attached near the base, blackish, smooth and shining.

Accepted Name:
Myosotis scorpioides L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 131. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Myosotis palustris (L.) Hill
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Myosotis scorpioides in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Myosotis scorpioides checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Myosotis scorpioides atlas page.

CalPhotos: Myosotis scorpioides photos.

USDA Plants: Myosotis scorpioides information.

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