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Myosotis sylvatica


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Hardy perennial

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Myosotis sylvatica
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During winter, forget-me-nots, Myosotis sylvatica, looks unpromising, with undistinguished leafy rosettes, sometimes discoloured by hard weather. But as spring advances, they turn into a carpet of rich blue, or white and pink in some varieties, that form the perfect background to wallflowers and tulips. In borders they may be left to grow and seed themselves freely, but bedding is discarded, although plants can be shaken to scatter seeds first.

Family: Boraginaceae

Genus: Myosotis

Species: sylvatica

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 20cm

Spread: 15cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Flowering period: April to June

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