Field Forget-me-not - Myosotis arvensis


Low to short plant, softly hairy. Branched at the base. Basal leaves in lax rosette. Flowers bright grey-blue saucer shaped. 3 to 5 mm calyx closed in fruit the tube with numerous hooked hairs.

Similar Species

Myosotis sylvatica

Identification difficulty
ID checklist (your specimen should have all of these features)

Perennial or annual; calyx hairs sticking out and either hooked or curved; corolla 5mm across or less, and with a saucer shaped 'limb'; calyx teeth erect and concealing ripe nutlets.  

Recording advice

Photograph of flowers (side-on) and note of flower-size


Dry habitats and arable soils.

When to see it

April to October.

Life History

Annual or biennial.

UK Status

Common throughout Britain except the extreme north.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 559 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map

Species profile

Common names
Common Forget-Me-Not, Field Forget-me-not
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
03/05/2006 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
05/06/2024 (Sam Pitt Miller)

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