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 guidance

    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.

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