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MYOSOTIS sylvatica

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Family

Boraginaceae

Botanical Name

MYOSOTIS sylvatica

Plant Common Name

Woodland Forget-Me-Not

General Description

Often short-lived, woodland forget-me-not is an herbaceous perennial of European origin. In spring plants form small clumps of small hairy gray-green leaves from which rise branched flower stems with curled flower spikes (helicoid cymes) dotted with tiny, tubular five-petaled flowers with white and yellow centers. These fairyland flowers have an airy, ephemeral appearance and can bloom from spring to summer.

There are many cultivars, differing in size and flower color, including white, pink, rose and carmine-flowered varieties. Some cultivars, such as 'Blue Ball' and 'White Ball' are half the size of the species, a useful feature in small beds.

To keep the plants healthy and happy, grow them in full sun with midday shade, or partial sun and provide them with in moist, rich soil with average drainage. Forget-me-nots replace themselves by freely self-sowing, though seeded plants may require thinning. Plant them in a woodland gardens, mixed border or as bedding flowers for spring. They look wonderful planted among late-flowering spring bulbs and overall are not favored by deer.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6"-12" / 15.2cm - 30.5cm (10)

  • Width

    4"-12" / 10.2cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water, Ample Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Sky Blue, Blue Violet

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes