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Myosotis - Forget-me-Nots

Forget-me-not, scientifically known as Myosotis, are charming, delicate flowers that bloom in a variety of colors, including blue, pink, and white. These small flowers grow in clusters and are perfect for garden beds, borders, and containers. They are also popular for use in bridal bouquets and as gifts for loved ones. Here are some key facts about forget-me-not flowers:

Species: There are over 50 species of forget-me-nots, with the most common being Myosotis sylvatica.

Hardiness: Forget-me-nots are hardy annuals or biennials that grow best in cool climates. They are typically grown as annuals in warmer regions.

Uses: Forget-me-not is often used in gardens and landscapes as ground cover, as border plants, or in containers. It is also popular for use in bridal bouquets and as a symbol of remembrance.

Size: Forget-me-nots typically reach a height of 6-12 inches and a spread of 6-8 inches.

Bloom time: Forget-me-not flowers bloom in the spring and summer months, typically from April to June.

Planting: Forget-me-nots prefer moist, well-draining soil and partial shade. They can be directly sown in the garden in the fall or early spring or started indoors and transplanted once the danger of frost has passed.

Companion plants: Forget-me-not pairs well with other spring-blooming plants, such as tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths.

Symbolism: Forget-me-not is often associated with love, remembrance, and true blue friendship.

Fun fact: The name "forget-me-not" is said to have originated from a medieval legend in which a knight and his lover were walking along a riverbank when the knight fell into the water and was swept away. As he was drowning, he threw a bouquet of blue flowers to his lover and called out "forget-me-not."

Forget-me-nots are the state flower of Alaska.

In conclusion, forget-me-nots are charming and easy-to-grow flowers that add color and interest to any garden or landscape. Whether used as a border plant, ground cover, or as part of a bouquet or arrangement, they are sure to impress with their delicate beauty and rich symbolism.

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Myosotis scorpioides (Water Forget-Me-Not)

Myosotis scorpioides (Water Forget-Me-Not) is an erect rhizomatous perennial with delicate sprays of sky blue, tiny flowers adorned with yellow centers in early to late summer. The sprays (cymes), resemble a coiled scorpion’s tail, hence the epithet. The flowers rise atop a semi-evergreen foliage of shiny, oblong, bright green leaves.

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Myosotis sylvatica (Wood Forget-Me-Not)

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 bumblebees and butterflies.

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