Friday, December 10, 2010

Forget-me-not flower pictures-species

Forget-me-nots are popular companion plants in flowerbeds combined with tulips, daffodils and for other spring flowers, though the beautiful blue carpets formed by this ground hugging plant are spectacular on their own.
There are many species of Forget-me-not (Myosotis) but as they all have almost identical sky-blue flowers, it is difficult to tell them apart.
Forget-me-nots are members of the Borage family (Boraginaceae). Most of them are native to New Zealand but there are a few European species that we grow in our gardens.

Forget me not-closeup
True forget-me-not - Myosotis scorpioides is native to most of Europe and the western part of Asia.
Water Forget-me-not, on its other name, is a herbaceous perennial that grows 20-60 cm (8-20 in.)in wet areas, along rivers, stream banks and ponds.
It flowers in early summer with small, bright blue flowers with yellow, pink, or white centers.
The leaves of this plant are evergreen and are covered with hardly noticeable, fine hairs.
Forget me not flowers
Wood Forget-me-not - Myosotis sylvatica - or Woodland forget-me-not requires moderate shade and rich, moist soil. This annual or biennial plant flowers in May and June.
The flowers range in color from blue to pink and white. It is appropriate for woodland gardens, ground cover, edging, or planting along streams and ponds.
Forget me not
Alpine forget-me-not - Myosotis alpestris blooms in early summer and this species is perfect for rock gardens.
The sky-blue flowers of this perennial plant are almost identical to those of the true forget-me-not but on a shorter flower stem.

Field Forget-me-not - Myosotis arvensis has pale blue flowers. Their flowering period is from May to late in the autumn.

Forget-me-not flower is another symbol of love and hope. So simple, yet delicate.

10 comments:

Lui said...

Hi Maia!
My slow PC uploaded only two pictures of your flower with no macro shots. Too bad cause I really want to see it up close. It looks so gorgeous!

Dejemonos sorprender said...

Mmm, lovely colours.. i loved it.. wish you a nice weekend:)

Maboe said...

I love forget me not-flower!

Jama said...

Pretty color!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful little flowers.

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

They are one of my favorite wildflowers. Gorgeous shots Maia.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Oh, I just love these, they are so sweet and what pretty colors.

Evelyn S. said...

I've seen forget-me-nots, although I don't grow them. I love the name...and that brilliant blue. Thanks for your Saturday challenge!

Jidhu Jose said...

beautiful

DoanLegacy said...

These little flowers are just so beautiful to see!

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