Also known as
Forget Me Nots, Scorpion Grassess, Ne M'oubliez Pas, Aimez-Moi, Bird's Eye, Robin's Eye, Mammy-Flooer, Snake-Grass, Love-Me, Scorpion grass
Myosotis sylvatica, Bosvergeet-mij-nietje by Rasbak (CC BY-SA 3.0)
This plant has no fragrance
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The Myosotis genus has around 74 accepted species of annual, biennial or perennial herbaceous flowering plants. These delicate spring flowers are frequently grown in drifts through flower borders or in containers. Flowers may be either blue, yellow or white in colour with white or yellow-eyes creating frothy low growing clouds of colour under and around other spring flowers. The common name of Forget-Me-Nots was introduced in the Northern Hemisphere during the 19 century. Before then, they were known as Scorpion Grasses for the way the flower clusters are coiled or bent over. Sow Myosotis seeds in spring for this year's flowers or early autumn, for the next year. They are prolific seed producers and will spread naturally through your space. If they are growing where you do not want, clumps are easy to lift, divide and re-plant where you do want them. Myosotis is a member of the Boraginaceae family, and are native to Western Eurasia, New Zealand and the South Pacific with a few from the Americas. However, having been a popular choice as a bedding plant, they have widely naturalised in temperate latitudes around the world.
How to harvest Forget-Me-Nots
Generally not harvested, flowers are occasionally cut for floral display. However, too prevent stems from going mouldy in the vase, all leaves need to be removed which can be a little fiddly.
How to propagate Forget-Me-Nots
Seeds can be "direct-sown" where you wish them to grow in May or June. They can also be sown onto the surface of indoor containers, and covered with a thin layer of compost. Place on a warm windowsill and prick out into large containers when the plants are large enough to handle. These plants will flower the following year.
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Other uses of Forget-Me-Nots
Grown for their flowers. Most species are good for rock gardens, banks and screens. Suitable for coastal conditions.
Flowers - Sow Under Cover in June
Thinking ahead to next year - sow these seeds for early spring and summer colour.Explore all