Myosotis sylvatica (Wood Forget-Me-Not)

Scientific Name

Myosotis sylvatica Hoffm.

Common Names

Wood Forget-Me-Not, Woodland Forget-Me-Not, Garden Forget-Me-Not


Myosotis sylvatica var. sylvatica, Myosotis sylvatica f. sylvatica

Scientific Classification

Family: Boraginaceae
Subfamily: Boraginoideae
Genus: Myosotis


Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Spring to early summer


Myosotis sylvatica is a short-lived herbaceous perennial or biennial with hairy leaves and a profusion of disc-shaped, intensely blue (occasionally white) flowers with yellow eyes. It grows up to 20 inches (50 cm) tall and up to 6 inches (15 cm) wide. Flowers are borne in clusters from spring to early summer.

Myosotis sylvatica - Wood Forget-Me-Not


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 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.


Native to Europe.


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