True Forget-me-not - Myosotis scorpioides (Forget-me-not family - Boraginaceae)

 

True Forget-me-not - Myosotis scorpioides (Forget-me-not family - Boraginaceae) Alien. Flowers are 5-petaled (1/4 - 1/3 in.) sky blue with yellow eye on 2 diverging branches (false racemes), which uncoil as flowers boom. Stems lightly hairy, angled; leaves alternate, sessile, hairy. 6 - 24 in. Brooksides, wet places. May - Oct.

Since part of the raceme with young flower buds is tightly coiled, it reminded early botanists of the tail of a scorpion; hence the species name. This "signature" also led early herbalists to use it in treating the stings of scorpions and insects.

 

 

Innumerable legends are associated with its common name and it is the favorite flowers of lovers the world over. The classical legend is on which most of the stories are based concerns a lover who tried to gather some of the blossoms for his sweetheart and tumbled into a deep pool As he sank, he threw a handful of flowers on the bank and called, "Forget -me-not."

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