Wood Forget-me-not - Myosotis sylvatica


    Short to medium softly hairy plant. Stems much branched with spreading hairs. Flowers bright sky blue, relatively large 6 to 10 mm on slender stalks in lax cymes. Calyx with a few spreading hooked hairs in the lower half, open in fruit.

    Similar Species

    Myosotis arvensis

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Perennial or annual; calyx hairs sticking out and either hooked or curved; corolla 8mm across or less, and with a flat 'limb'; calyx teeth erecto-patent and exposing ripe nutlets

    Recording advice

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


    Damper woods.

    When to see it

    April to July.

    Life History

    Biennial or perennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread but rather local in distribution in Britain, absent from northern Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 70 of the 617 tetrads.

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