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Myosotis spp.

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

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  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A photo of Forget-Me-Nots
A photo of Forget-Me-Nots
A photo of Forget-Me-Nots
A photo of Forget-Me-Nots
A photo of Forget-Me-Nots


The Myosotis genus has around 74 accepted species of annual, biennial or perennial herbaceous flowering plants. These delicate spring flowers are frequently grown in drifts through flower borders or in containers. They can be either blue, yellow or white in colour with white or yellow-eyes creating frothy low growing clouds of colour under and around other spring flowers. The common name of Forget-Me-Nots was introduced in the Northern Hemisphere during the 19 century. Before then, they were known as Scorpion Grasses for the way the flower clusters are coiled or bent over. Sow Myosotis seeds in spring for this year's flowers or early autumn, for the next year. They are prolific seed producers and will spread naturally through your space. If they are growing where you do not want, clumps are easy to lift, divide and re-plant where you do want them. Myosotis is a member of the Boraginaceae family, and are native to Western Eurasia, New Zealand and the South Pacific with a few from the Americas. However, having been a popular choice as a bedding plant, they have widely naturalised in temperate latitudes around the world.

Common problems


Generally not harvested, flowers are occasionally cut for floral display. However, too prevent stems from going mouldy in the vase, all leaves need to be removed which can be a little fiddly.



Seeds can be "direct-sown" where you wish them to grow in May or June. They can also be sown onto the surface of indoor containers, and covered with a thin layer of compost. Place on a warm windowsill and prick out into large containers when the plants are large enough to handle. These plants will flower the following year.

Special Features

Attractive flowers

Ground cover