Boraginaceae
Myosotis scorpioides

Marsh Forget-Me-Not

Upright from creeping stems and stolons. Stems unbranched, leafy, covered with sharp rigid hairs pressed against surface. Leaves oblong to elliptic, covered with rigid hairs; lower leaves narrow to winged petioles; upper leaves sessile. Many flowers spread out on leafless stem top that uncoils and lengthens with blooming. Flowers small, blue with a conspicuous yellow eye, 5 rounded lobes. Grows in shallow standing water, stream edges, at low to mid elevations. Native to Europe, as is the similar M. sylvatica, which has light blue flowers to 1/3 in. across, a garden escapee growing in moist shady places in urban areas and mountains but not in standing water or streams.

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 8--24 inches
  • Habitat: Bog/Fen/Wetland, Disturbed
  • Found In: Great Basin, Olympic NP, N Cascades NP
  • Native: No