Early Forget-me-not - Myosotis ramosissima

    Description

    Slender, low to short softly hairy plant, often only 2 to 5 cm tall. Basal leaves in a rosette, lanceolate, stem leaves oblong, unstalked. Flowers bright blue, 2 to 3 mm the petals scarcely exceeding the calyx.

    Similar Species

    Myosotis discolor

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Annual; calyx hairs sticking out and either hooked or curved; pedicels (flower-stalks) shorter than fruiting calyx; corolla blue at first with tube shorter than calyx

    Recording advice

    Photograph of flowers (side-on) 

    Habitat

    Dry, open habitats.

    When to see it

    Flowers April to June.

    Life History

    Annual or biennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain, except in the extreme north.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 50 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map