Water Forget-me-not - Myosotis scorpioides


    Low to medium plant rhizomatous plant with runners, stems erect, hairless or with hairs pressed close to the stem. Flowers sky blue, 4 to 10 mm, flat petals slightly notched, the calyx with short slender teeth and with straight hairs only.

    Similar Species

    Myosotis laxa

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Calyx hairs straight/appressed; style longer than calyx-tube; calyx teeth form equilateral triangle; larger flower (up to 8mm) 

    Recording advice

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


    Wet habitats, water margins etc.

    When to see it

    May to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain except the far north of Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 272 of the 617 tetrads.

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