How to Grow Forget-Me-Not Flowers

The sweet little forget-me-not is popular all around the world. When growing in abundance, its small, vivid blue blossoms are beautiful. These adorable flowers can also be pink or white.

They look great in cottage gardens, at the front of borders, and in containers. Butterflies and other pollinators adore them, while rabbits and deer avoid them. 

Some forget-me-nots have become a nuisance. These species are not native to the United States and aggressively self-seed. They may easily take over entire gardens and crowd out local species.

Common Name: Forget-me-not Botanical Name: Myosotis spp Plant Family: Boraginaceae Type of Plant: Herbaceous perennial Native Origin: Europe or North America, depending on the species Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade Mature Size: 1/2 to 1 foot tall, 6 to 10 inches wide Toxic to pets: No

Forget-Me-Not Basic Info

For ages, these little blue blooms have been associated with love and rememberance in traditional tales and art.

What Do Forget-Me-Nots Symbolize?

"There are three species of Myosotis native to the U.S.: laxa, macrosperma, and verna," according to Kuracina. "Laxa is the showiest and looks most like the introduced species."

What Kind of Forget-Me-Nots Should I Grow?

In the northern United States, forget-me-nots prefer full sun, which is 6 or more hours of direct sunlight. Give forget-me-nots morning sun and afternoon shade in southern areas. They do poorly in hot, humid summer climates.

What Kind of Light Do Forget-Me-Nots Need?

Native kinds, such as M. laxa, will be available from specialty wildflower nurseries as seedlings. Forget-me-nots want moist soil, so keep the surrounding area evenly moist.

How Do I Care for Forget-Me-Nots?

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