much-loved, blue Forget-me-nots or Mouse Ears, known botanically as
Myosotis have the ability to stimulate nostalgic memories. For some
gardeners they may recall the frolicking, carefree times amid the
dainty drifts of Forget-me-nots scattered around a childhood friend's
rambling cottage garden.
are a wonderful ground cover for a shady area, although they will also
grow in full sun. They are easy to grow and if left alone, will create
a lovely blue blanket of flowers as they reseed and multiply,
eventually covering large areas. The blooms last a considerable time,
fading slightly with age.
Folklore - How the Forget-me-not got its name
European perennial is one of the world’s most-loved wildflowers, and
though the little clusters of sky blue flowers are wonderful, the
romantic legend of how it got its name is ever better. The plant is a
streamside species, so the setting makes sense.
A medieval German knight is said to have been picnicking on the bank of the Danube
with his lady love. He descended the bank to the water’s edge to gather
some of the lovely blue flowers he saw there, but while he was near the
water, tragedy struck. A “freshet” (flash flood) suddenly appeared and
pulled the young man into the churning river.
As he was literally swept away, he tossed the bouquet to his lady on the bank with the three now-famous words: “Forget me not!”
Ever since, the flower has been associated with expressions of undying affection between loved ones.
Sowing Sow in late spring to early summer
seed Forget-Me-Nots into your flower garden after all danger of frost.
For earlier blooms, they can be started in pots indoors a few weeks
before the last frost in your area and transplanted outdoors once all
danger of frost has gone. Plant them in rich to average garden soil.
seeds after all danger of frost. Plant 1/8in deep in good quality
compost. Germination takes 10-30 days. Final spacing should be 10
inches apart. They will tolerate crowding. Provide additional water if
necessary until the plants reach 30cm (10”)
it to self-sow naturally to create a larger area of flowers next year
or pull up plants after they have finished flowering to keep the
population under control.
The genus name “Myosotis” derives from the Greek mus which means “mouse”, and otos meaning “ear”.This refers to the tiny, hairy leaves, which, if colour is ignored, do indeed resemble mouse ears
there are about 50 known species of forget-me-nots. Most variations fit
the description of a light sky blue five-petaled flower that blooms in
spring, but other colours have since been developed including white and
This is the "true" Forget-Me-Not, not to be confused with Cynoglossum amabile (Chinese Forget-Me-Not).
There are three pack sizes of this Forget-Me-Not listed in the ebay shop (1gm, 5gm, 10gm)
are also a number of cultivated perennial varieties - some of which are
available in other colours - Pink, White, Dark Blues etc.
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