Tufted Forget-me-not - Myosotis laxa


Short to medium erect, hairy plant. Branched from the base, stem hairs not spreading Flowers bright blue 2 to 5 mm, the petals not notched. Calyx to 5 mm in fruit, long stalked with straight hairs only.

Similar Species

Myosotis scorpioides.  Myosotis secunda is similar, but rare in VC55 in marshes on acid soils and has lower part of stem with patent hairs

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

Calyx hairs straight/appressed; style shorter than calyx-tube; calyx teeth form isosceles triangle; smaller flower (up to 5mm). 

Recording advice

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


Wet habitats, marshes, stream and pond margins.

When to see it

May to September.

Life History

Annual or biennial.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent throughout most of Britain.

VC55 Status

Frequent in damper situations in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 251 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
Tufted Forget-me-not
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
01/07/1998 (John Mousley)
Last record:
29/05/2022 (Calow, Graham)

Total records by month

% of records within its species group

10km squares with records

The latest images and records displayed below include those awaiting verification checks so we cannot guarantee that every identification is correct. Once accepted, the record displays a green tick.

In the Latest Records section, click on the header to sort A-Z, and again to sort Z-A. Use the header boxes to filter the list.

Latest images

Latest records