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Myosotis scorpioides

Myosotis scorpioides L.

Myosotis palustris (L.) Hill

Forget-me-not

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
FamilyBoraginaceaeBorages or forget-me-nots
GenusMyosotisFrom the Greek myos, “mouse,” and ous or otos, “ear,” from the shape of the leaves
SpeciesscorpioidesResembling a scorpion

About plant names...

True forget-me-nots are native to Europe and Asia. They were introduced to North America and are now naturalized throughout much of the continent.

Identification: Forget-me-nots have pale- to medium-blue flowers with 5 petals and yellow centers. Flowers are ¼" (6.3 mm) in size, appearing from May to October. They prefer wet places such as bogs, wet areas, or riparian environments. Plants are usually low, sometimes reaching 24" (60 cm). Stems are hairy. See also the alpine forget-me-not, which is a brighter blue in color.

Myosotis scorpioides (Forget-me-not)

By Johann Georg Sturm (Artist: Jacob Sturm).

Online References:

Myosotis scorpioides at Illinois Wildflowers

Myosotis scorpioides at the University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium

Myosotis scorpioides on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Myosotis scorpioides on Eastern Colorado Wildflowers

Myosotis scorpioides on CalPhotos

Myosotis scorpioides at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Myosotis scorpioides on Fall Wildflowers of New England

Myosotis scorpioides on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network

Myosotis scorpioides (Forget-me-not)

8/2/2009 · Gordon & Kathy’s, Prospect, ME
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 8.7 cm) ID is uncertain

Myosotis scorpioides (Forget-me-not)

9/14/2013 · Whitewater Rafting Trip, Barryville to Pond Eddy Leg, Delaware River, Barryville, PA
≈ 3½ × 3" (9.2 × 8 cm)

Myosotis scorpioides (Forget-me-not)

8/2/2009 · Gordon & Kathy’s, Prospect, ME
≈ 3 × 2" (7.7 × 5.8 cm) ID is uncertain

Myosotis scorpioides description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 30 May 2016.

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Myosotis scorpioides (Forget-me-not)

6/16/2012 · Brown St., Falmouth, ME
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm)

Myosotis scorpioides (Forget-me-not)

Probably a cultivar. · 5/27/2016 · Acton Arboretum, Acton, MA
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm)

Myosotis scorpioides (Forget-me-not)

6/16/2012 · Groton Place and Sabine Woods, Groton, MA
≈ 6 × 6" (14 × 15 cm)

Myosotis scorpioides (Forget-me-not)

Probably a cultivar. · 5/27/2016 · Acton Arboretum, Acton, MA
≈ 5 × 3" (12 × 8.4 cm)

Myosotis scorpioides (Forget-me-not)

6/16/2012 · Brown St., Falmouth, ME
≈ 3½ × 2½" (9.8 × 6.6 cm)

Myosotis scorpioides (Forget-me-not)

6/16/2012 · Groton Place and Sabine Woods, Groton, MA
≈ 24 × 16" (62 × 41 cm)

Myosotis scorpioides (Forget-me-not)

4/9/2011 · Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, MD
≈ 4½ × 3" (11 × 7.9 cm) ID is uncertain

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