West Highland Flora

Wood Forgetmenot

Myosotis sylvatica


Myosotis sylvatica

Photo Gill & Adrian Smith
Ryedale Naturalists
(21 May 2003 Ryedale, Yorks)

Probably always a garden escape, though native elsewhere in Britain.  Rarely naturalised in woods.  May also occur as a casual in waste places or where thrown out from gardens.  The forgetmenots commonly grown in gardens are forms of this species.

Flower diameter c 6-10 mm

ID: Calyx hairs spreading, hooked.  Corolla-tube equal to or longer than sepals, so that open flower is flat, not concave.  Young flowers pink, not yellow.

Other features: Calyx in ripe fruit has stalk c 1.5-2 x as long as itself.  Can usually be told from Field Forgetmenot on flower size.

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