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Myosotis sylvatica (Forget-Me-Not)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: (unplaced)
Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Myosotis
Species: M. sylvatica
Binomial: name: Myosotis sylvatica
Common name: Garden-Forget-Me-Not, Forget me not

Myosotis sylvatica is an introduced compact herbaceous biennial or short-lived perennial that self seed and will come back for may years. It has lance-shaped foliage.  It will tolerate a variety of soils, full sun to full shade.This plant grows 15 - 20 cm tall with a spread of 15 - 30cm. 
Plants form a low mound of grey-green leaves, smothered with clusters of bright sky-blue flowers, each with a tiny yellow eye. The flowers of forget-me-nots have a conspicuous yellow circle around the center. The circle shelters the nectar from rain, and the color serves as a pathfinder for pollinating insects. However, forget-me-nots are not solely dependent on insects because the flowers can self-fertilize by shedding their own pollen directly on the stigma. The seed pods of forget-me-nots easily attach to hair or clothing, and mammals play a part in the dispersal of their seeds. 



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