Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Myosotis alpestris (Alpine Forget-Me-Not)

 

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants

Class

 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons

Subclass

 Asteridae

Order

 Lamiales

Family

 Boraginaceae Borage family

Genus

 Myosotis L. forget-me-not

Species

 Myosotis asiatica (Vesterg.) Schischkin & Sergievskaja Asian forget-me-not

This version of the well known forget-me-not is the state flower of Alaska, and is one and the same as Myosotis sylvatica, a native of Europe.

It is commonly found in high alpine meadows and moist areas such as stream banks.

This plant prefers part shade and will grow in USDA zones 1-8.

It may act as a biennial or annual that will reseed and create a groundcover.

It is hard to miss the sky blue flowers, which have yellow centers circled in white.

The flowers appear in mid-Summer and continue for a long period of time.

The foliage is a cluster of fuzzy basal leaves.

A house I once owned was almost 100 years old and all along the northern side of the yard grew Forget-Me-Nots. A friend asked for a few starts to add to her wildlife garden. She said the quail were particularly fond of them!

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