Water Forget-me-not

Myosotis scorpioides

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About

Water Forget-me-not was once more commonly known as Scorpion-grass because its curled clusters of sky-blue flowers resembled a scorpion's tail. It can be found in damp habitats such as riverbanks, fens, marshes and ponds, either submerged in shallow water or on surrounding damp ground. Its pretty flowers appear from June to September. Water Forget-me-not was the source for early garden varieties of this plant which were a favourite in cottage gardens.

How to identify

The sky-blue flowers of Water Forget-me-not, with their bright yellow middles are very distinctive. Coupled with its choice of habitat, this plant can be quite unmistakeable. Its leaves are narrow and oblong and its stems are long, ending in a curved 'tail' where the clusters of flowers appear.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September

How can people help

Human activity, including the drainage of land for agriculture and development, has resulted in the disappearance of many of the UK's wetlands. The Wildlife Trusts are working closely with planners, developers and farmers to ensure our wetlands are protected. You can help too: add native plants and flowers, such as Water Forget-me-not, to a wildlife-friendly pond and its margins, and provide shelter for amphibians and nectar for insects. In partnership with the RHS, The Wildlife Trusts' Wild About Gardens initiative can help you plan your wildlife garden.

Species information

Common name
Water Forget-me-not
Latin name
Myosotis scorpioides
Category
Wildflowers
Statistics
Height: up to 12cm
Conservation status
Common.