Forget-Me-Not Myosotis sylvatica

Rough draft 1/25/2021


In western Washington within the Cascade foothills is where this plant became a beautiful ground covering where grass couldn’t grow. Every spring this beautiful blue hue was a top, a rocky ground green cover under tall evergreen trees. It was so easy to plant by just sprinkling a packet of seeds where we wanted them to grow. A forget-me-not produces and drops their seeds every year. Although they are considered biennial meaning they flower and die the second year, we continue receiving sprouts and blooms every year as they are self propagating. They seemed to grow and bloom just like a perennial. This plant is very hardy too, it will die back in the winter and reappear as a larger cover every year in the spring .

The Forget-Me-Not Represents

The forget-me-not flower has been known to have received its name after a Greek word Myositis which actually meant mouse’s ear.  The name forget me not came from the German word vergissmichnicht which means do not forget me. This small flower has blue petals with a yellow center.

The forget-me-not represents true love and giving someone this flower means you truly love and respect this person. It is a testament to your relationships and promises the other person that you will never forget them in your thoughts. Forget me nots are a symbol of fidelity and being truthful to someone you love.

Sun or Shade

Forget-me-nots are very easy to grow or propagate as long as they have organically enriched soil, regular-to-ample water and partial shade. They prefer moist soil with good drainage in a sunny or shady spot. Forget-me-nots perform best in cool weather and in areas where summers are not excessively hot. Again shade is fine for growth and flowering. 


Water the soil around the green stems deeply when its top 3 inches feels dry to your touch, continue to have the water flow until the water drips through the bottom of the pots for container gardening. Don’t allow the plants to stand in water, the roots don’t like soggy feet. Reduce watering to about once or twice each month in winter, while the plants are dormant. Resume normal watering in spring and through summer. A good drenching is okay during hot summer months as long as the soil is able to drain well. Growing this plant on a small or sharp hill, slope, or  incline is a good way to keep the roots out of pools or puddles of water.

Forget-me-nots are a beautiful blue no fuss maintenance flower. This flowering ground cover has pleasing results for novice and expert gardeners. Forget me not plants and flowers are generally pest and disease resistant, thus another reason they are easy to care for and a sight to enjoy. 

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