Great Forget-me-not - Brunnera macrophylla

    Alt Name
    Siberian Bugloss, Anchusa myosotidiflora

    The Forget-me-not like flowers are small (3 to 8mm). Leaves are mid green and hairy, the basal leaves strongly cordate.

    Similar Species

    Forget-me-nots (Myosotis)

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Basal leaves strongly cordate at base.  Nutlets ridges with collar like base. Usually deeper blue than Myosotis

    Recording advice

    Photograph showing basal leaves and flowers


    Often cultivated it is likely to be found as a naturalised escape close to habitation. It thrives in shaded areas and dry places so may hold its own in the wild where these conditions occur.

    When to see it

    Spring from late February onwards.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread as a casual escape from cultivation in England, less so elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rare or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map