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Myosotis sylvatica (Wood Forget-Me-Not)

Wood Forget-Me-Not, Garden Forget-Me-Not, Forget-Me-Not

Wood Forget-Me-Not, Garden Forget-Me-Not, Forget-Me-Not, Blue Ground Cover, Shade plants, Shade perennial
Wood Forget-Me-Not, Garden Forget-Me-Not, Forget-Me-Not, Blue Ground Cover, Shade plants, Shade perennial

Myosotis sylvatica (Wood Forget-Me-Not) is a short-lived perennial with lovely bright blue, sometimes pink or white, tiny and airy, stellar flowers with charming white or yellow eyes. Blooming in dense cymes between mid-spring and mid-summer, the nectar and pollen are enjoyed by butterflies and bumblebees. The flowers rise atop a low mound of semi-evergreen, oblong, soft, hairy green leaves. Easy to care for and resilient to most pests, it is excellent for massing with spring-blooming bulbs and is particularly attractive beneath pink, rose, or salmon-colored tulips.

  • Grows up to 6-12 in. tall (15-30 cm) and 24 in. wide (60 cm). This plant will self-seed prolifically and persist in the garden for many years.
  • Easily grown in full sun or part shade in organically rich, moist, well-drained soils. Plants appreciate part afternoon shade in hot summer climates.
  • A remarkably low-maintenance plant, this excellent performer is perfect for beds and borders, banks and slopes, rock gardens, underplanting shrubs and roses, or containers.
  • Generally pest-free. Some susceptibility to mildew. Deer and rabbit resistant.
  • Remove or cut back old plants to prevent self-seeding if not desired.
  • Propagate by seed
  • Native to Europe and Asia.
  • Find where this species is invasive in the United States.
  • Discover beautiful U.S. native plant alternatives.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Boraginaceae
Genus Myosotis
Common names Forget-Me-Not
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid)
Height 6" - 1'
(15cm - 30cm)
Spread 9" - 2'
(23cm - 60cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United Kingdom
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Myosotis asiatica (Alpine Forget-Me-Not)
Myosotis alpestris (Alpine Forget-Me-Not)
Myosotis scorpioides (Water Forget-Me-Not)

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Lunaria annua (Honesty)
Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Heart)
Narcissi (Daffodils)
Tulips
Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)
Hosta (Plantain Lily)
Muscari (Grape Hyacinth)

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Forget-me-not: How to Grow and Care with Success
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Boraginaceae
Genus Myosotis
Common names Forget-Me-Not
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid)
Height 6" - 1'
(15cm - 30cm)
Spread 9" - 2'
(23cm - 60cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United Kingdom
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
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