Great Forget-me-not - Brunnera macrophylla

Alternative names
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 checklist (your specimen should have all of these features)

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


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

UK Map

Species profile

Common names
Greater Forget-me-not, Great Forget-me-not
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
22/02/2016 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
26/03/2024 (Pochin, Christine)

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