Page authors: Don Knoke, David Giblin
Myosotis scorpioides
common forget-me-not, true forget-me-not, water forget-me-not

Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east across most of North America to the Atlantic Coast.

Habitat: Wet areas from low to middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Introduced from Eurasia

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies


Stoloniferous perennial from fibrous roots, the stems 2-6 dm. tall.


Leaves 2.5-8 cm. long and 7-20 mm. wide, the lowermost oblanceolate, the others oblong to lance-elliptic.


Inflorescence of 2 or 3 racemes terminating each branch, naked and open; pedicels spreading, 3-5 mm. long; calyx 3-5 mm. long, closely appressed-pubescent, the 5 lobes about equal to the tube; corolla tube narrow, the 5 lobes abruptly spreading, the limb 5-10 mm. wide, flat, blue; hairy appendages opposite the corolla lobes at the top of the tube; style longer than the nutlets.


Nutlets 4, attached near the base, blackish, smooth and shining.

Accepted Name:
Myosotis scorpioides L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 131. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Myosotis palustris (L.) Hill
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Myosotis scorpioides in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Myosotis scorpioides checklist entry

OregonFlora: Myosotis scorpioides information

E-Flora BC: Myosotis scorpioides atlas page

CalPhotos: Myosotis scorpioides photos

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