Myosotis azorica H.C.Watson
Azorean Forget-me-not, Azorean Mouse Ear
Color: Deep blue
Bloom Time: Spring to early summer
Myosotis azorica is a perennial herb with decumbent stems that grow up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall. Leaves are lanceolate, clasping the stem, and with numerous soft, flexible hairs. Flowers are borne on spirally curving stems resembling a scorpion's tail or a half-unfurled fiddlehead fern leaf. The flowers are deep blue-purple with a yellow center.
USDA hardiness zone 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 regular watering in spring.
Remove the spent or old flowers at their stems, pinching them off with your fingernails. Then, 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 one teaspoon of 5-10-10 water-soluble fertilizer with 1 gallon of water. 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 feed during winter while the plants are dormant.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Forget-Me-Not Plants.
This species is endemic to the Azores Islands in the North Atlantic Ocean.
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