Myosotis arvensis (Field Forget-me-not)

Scientific Name

Myosotis arvensis (L.) Hill

Common Names

Field Forget-me-not


Echioides annua, Myosotis intermedia, Myosotis scorpioides var. arvensis, Scorpioides hirsutus

Scientific Classification

Family: Boraginaceae
Subfamily: Boraginoideae
Genus: Myosotis


Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Spring


Myosotis arvensis is an annual to short-lived perennial that can form an over-wintering rosette of grayish-green, hairy leaves. It grows up to 16 inches (40 cm) tall, and it flowers mainly in spring with some sporadic and intermittent additional bloom to mid-summer. The curved flowering stalk unfurls with a succession of blue, occasionally pink, 5-lobed flowers.

Myosotis arvensis (Field Forget-me-not)
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USDA Hardiness Zones 3a to 8b: from −40 °F (−40 °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 usually 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.


Myosotis arvensis is native to Europe.


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