Myosotis alpestris (Alpine Forget-me-not)

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Scientific Name

Myosotis alpestris F.W.Schmidt

Common Names

Alpine Forget-me-not

Synonyms

Myosotis imitata, Myosotis sylvatica var. alpestris, Myosotis sylvatica subsp. alpestris

Scientific Classification

Family: Boraginaceae
Subfamily: Boraginoideae
Genus: Myosotis

Flower

Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Spring and early summer

Description

Myosotis alpestris is a hardy biennial or short-lived perennial with mid-green, lance shaped leaves and bright blue flowers. The flowers have yellow centers and are produced over a long period during spring and early summer. It is the county flower of Westmorland in the United Kingdom and the state flower of Alaska.

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Hardiness

USDA Hardiness Zone 4a to 8b: from −30 °F (−34.4 °C) to 20 °F (−6.7 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Place Forget-Me-Not in a south or east-facing window, where they receive full or partial sunlight.

Water the soil deeply when its top 3 inches (7.5 cm) feels dry to your touch, watering until the water drips through the bottom of the pots. Don’t allow the plants to stand in water. Reduce watering to about once or twice each month in winter, while the plants are dormant. Resume normal watering in spring.

Remove the plants’ spent, or old, flowers, at their stems, pinching them off with your fingernails. Throw away the removed flowers. Removing spent flowers encourages new blooms to form.

Fertilize the Forget-Me-Not once each month only if their leaves appear wilted or yellow or the plants grow very slowly during spring or summer. Mix 1 teaspoon of 5-10-10, water-soluble fertilizer with 1 gallon of water, and use the mixture to fertilize the plants in place of one watering session, applying only the amount you normally would use to water the plants. Don’t fertilize during winter while the plants are dormant… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Forget-Me-Not Plants

Origin

Myosotis alpestris is native to North America.

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