Forget-me-not, Water

Information on Water Forget-me-not

Common Name: Water Forget-me-not
Scientific Name: Myosotis scorpioides
Irish Name: Ceotharnach uisce
Family Group: Boraginaceae.
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period

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Water Forget-me-not is not easily confused with other wild plants on this web site.

On very wet, soggy ground throughout the country you'll commonly find this member of the Forget-me-not family.  It has small sky-blue - occasionally pink or white -  5-petalled flowers (4-10mm across) which are borne in loose cymes which slowly uncoil as the flowers open up from May to October.  The corolla is somewhat flat as the 5 lobes spread out from the tube at the white and yellow centre.  The leaves are alternate and untoothed with pointed tips and the stems are covered in closely-pressed hairs.  It is a perennial plant which spreads by means of creeping rhizomes.  This is a native plant which belongs to the family Boraginaceae.  

My first record of this plant is in 1980 in 5-mile-point, Co Wicklow and I photographed it in 2007 at Tacumshane, Co Wexford.

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

This plant is also known as True Forget-me-not and Scorpion Grass due to the way its cymes unfurl in a way thought to be somewhat similar to a scorpion's tail and hence the species name 'Scorpioides' 

Forget-me-not, Water
Forget-me-not, Water
Forget-me-not, Water
Forget-me-not, Water