Didn't everyone's Grandma and Great Grandma have Forget-Me-Nots growing in the corner of a moist, shady garden? Perhaps they grew the Tufted Forget-Me-Not, which is very adaptable to garden soils.
The species featured on this page is the True Forget-Me-Not. The wild one.
I found them in cold, clear water. A barely flowing streamlet, with no defining edges. It began as several springs seeping from a nearby slope (above the "Springhouse"*). Then the springs merged into a slow, meandering waterway; mostly invisible under the dense growth of plants. This streamlet was laden with Water Cress, Sedges, Cattails, and, lest I forget, these tiny blue beauties.
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With my knee boots on, I eased into the deep mat of aquatic vegetation. A heavy dew had settled on all the plants overnight, and these flowers still held tiny beads of moisture.
A slender, weak perennial.
Erect at first,
partially reclining later.
leaning on Sedges.
Sky blue flowers
with yellow center.
Growing on small, curving,
as flowers bloom.
Flowers: 1/4" (6mm) wide, corolla 5-lobed
Flowering: May - September
Leaves: 1-2" long, oblong, blunt, hairy, mostly stalkless
Habitat: streamsides, wet places; prefer cold, clear water
- Introduced from Europe and once extensively cultivated.
- It is now naturalized around streams, lakes and ponds.
- In bud, the tightly coiled flower cluster resembles the tail of a scorpion, hence the species name (scorpioides).
How did you like it?
Your Grandma loved it!
If you are blessed
to show them,
(or to grow them)
so they will...
True Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis scorpioides)
Wabasis Lake, (Wabasis Lake Park) Kent County Parks, Michigan
* "Springhouse" - On the lower level, 100 yards west of boat launch.
A great place for your kids to play in the cold, shallow water.