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Myosotis scorpioides

Water forget-me-not

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Myosotis scorpioides
  • Common name: Water forget-me-not
  • Family: Boraginaceae
  • Plant Type: Marginal
Flower colour:

Blue

Foliage colour:

Blue​/​Green

Unlike garden forget-me-nots, which tend to be biennial, water forget-me-not, Myosotis scorpioides,  is reliably perennial and gradually expands, without being invasive, into large clumps that benefit from division every few years. It has various slightly different forms depending on whether it grows below or above the water line. It’s an essential ingredient of plantings in natural ponds, or at the waterside to hide the edge of the liner and soften the outline, and is equally happy planted in a basket or direct in the soil in shallow water. It provides shelter for aquatic larvae such as tadpoles, and newts lay their eggs individually in the leaves.

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Grow Myosotis scorpioides in aquatic compost in water no deeper than 10cm, in full sun to partial shade. Cut back plants after flowering.

How to grow Myosotis scorpioides

  • Plant size

    30cm height

    30cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline / acidic / boggy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do not Divide in March

Do not Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do Divide in September

Do Divide in October

Do Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Myosotis scorpioides and wildlife

Myosotis scorpioides is known for attracting bees. It provides shelter and habitat.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Myosotis scorpioides poisonous?

Myosotis scorpioides has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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