Wood Forget-me-not

Myosotis sylvatica

I have always had Forget-me-nots growing in my front garden. Their pale, sky-blue colours are such a bright delight to see in the springtime.

There are several species of this plant in Europe, but the Wood Forget-me-not has the largest flowers. The flowers are sky-blue and  have a yellow centre. The lance-shaped leaves are hairy, and when stroked may feel like a mouse’s ear, which is where the Latin name Myosotis comes from. The plant grows up to 50cm in height, and the flowers grow up to 10mm in width.

It flowers from April to July.

In the wild the Wood Forget-me-not is found in damp, semi-shaded situations, like woodland rides, clearings and roadside verges. It has been cultivated for a long time as an ornamental plant grown in parks and gardens.

Photographs taken April 2015, front garden, Staffordshire.