Fall Wildflowers of New England
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True Forget-Me-Not
Myosotis scorpioides
F. Boraginaceae
General Description:

True forget-me-not is a moderately tall, sprawling wildflower that measures approximately 15-60 cm. in height. The radially symmetrical flowers are powder-blue with bright yellow centers. They are arranged in rounded, divergent clusters along the length of the branch. The leaves are oblong, hairy, and often stalkless.

Myosotis scorpioides
Flowers:

The flowers are small, measuring 6mm. in width. Each radially symmetrical bloom has a fused corolla that opens into five rounded lobes. The flower is powder-blue with a conspicuous, bright yellow center. Flowers are arranged in tightly coiled, rounded clusters that unfurl as the flowers progressively bloom.

Leaves:

The leaves are long, measuring 2.5-5 cm. in length, and oblong. These deep green leaves are often stalkless, have blunt tips, a deeply recessed midvein, and are covered with fine hairs.

Habitat:

True forget-me-not grows best in wet places including moist woodlands and streamsides.

Fun Facts:

True forget-me-not has a unique flower arrangement in which flower buds are positioned along the length of tightly coiled stems. These stems unfurl as the flowers bloom forming an elongated cluster. However, because flowers are short-lived and drop off as the stem uncoils and new flowers bloom, flowers appear as arranged in an elongated cluster that follows the head of the unfurling stem.

The specific epithet, scorpioides, refers to the scorpion tail-like unfurling nature of the stems.

This wildflower was introduced to the New England area from Europe and was extensively cultivated for ornamental use.

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