Myosotis is a genus of flowering plants in family Boraginaceae, comprising 50 species. It is commonly known as Forget-me-not. Most Myositis species are endemic to New Zealand.
Myosotis is an annual, biennial, or perennial plant. It is a popular plant in the gardens, and cultivated forms often display a mixture of colors. A considerable number of species have small, rather flat, 5-petalled blue flowers which grown profusely on straggly stems, blooming in spring. Blue and purple color are the common colors within species. The rooting systems in Myosotis are generally diffuse. The seeds are found in small, tulip-shaped pods along the stems to the flower.
Myosotis sylvatica ((Wood Forget-me-not), 30 x 15 cm, is a herbaceous perennial plant and parent of many hybrids. It is a compact bushy plant with lance-shaped, grey-green leaves. It bears tiny, delicate blue flowers (sometimes pink or white), with yellow-eye in May and June. It is a good plant for woodland gardens, groundcover, edging or planting along streams and ponds.
Myosotis scorpioides (Water Forget-me-not, True Forget-me-not), 30 cm high and across, is a spreading herbaceous perennial plant native to Europe and Asia and it can be found elsewhere, including much of North America. It will grow in water to a depth of 15 cm. It can also grows in bogs and wet places and beside streams and rivers. In early to midsummer, it produces bright blue flowers with a central eye of white, pink or yellow.
Myosotis is an easy to grow plant and grows well in full sun, in moisture-retentive but well-drained soil. Propagation is by seed or by division in spring. Pests and diseases are slugs, snails and mildew. Although Myosotis is self-seed, sow fresh seed every couple of years because the intensity of the blue tends to diminish as the years pass. If plants get mildew, pull them up and burn them.