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Myosotis sylvatica
wood forget-me-not

Distribution: Introduced in western Washington and some mid-West and Eastern states

Habitat: Roadsides and moist woods at low elevations

Flowers: June - August

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Stiff-hairy perennial from a branched base and fibrous roots, the several stems 0.5-4 dm. tall.


Petiolate basal leaves oblanceolate to elliptic, up to 13 cm. long and 13 mm. wide; cauline leaves several, smaller, up to 6 cm. long, sessile, oblong to lance-elliptic.


Inflorescence compact, the racemes short, naked; pedicels 3-5 mm. long; calyx 3-5 mm. long, with stiff hairs, some of them hooked, the 5 lobes longer than the tube; corolla tube narrow, the 5 lobes abruptly spreading, the limb 4-8 mm. wide, blue, flat; hairy appendages opposite the corolla lobes at the top of the tube; style shorter than the nutlets.


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

Accepted Name:
Myosotis sylvatica Ehrh. ex Hoffm.
Publication: Deut. Fl. 1: 61. 1791.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Myosotis alpestris F.W. Schmidt, misapplied [Davis 1952, HC2]
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Myosotis sylvatica checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Myosotis sylvatica atlas page.

CalPhotos: Myosotis sylvatica photos.

USDA Plants: Myosotis sylvatica information.

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