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Forget-Me-NotForget-Me-Nots are scientifcally known as myosotis or "mouse ears" and one look at their small blue petals and you'll know why.

But... how did they come to be known as forget-me-nots?

Legend has it that the name derives from medieval times, when a knight and his lady were walking along the side of a river. As the story goes, the knight picked a bouquet of flowers for his love, but because of the weight of his armor he fell headlong into the river. Just before he drowned, he threw the bouquet to her and desperately shouted "Forget-me-not!"

Ever since, the flower has been associated with expressions of undying affection between loved ones.

Today, there are about 50 known species of forget-me-nots. Most variations fit the description of a light sky blue five-petaled flower that blooms in spring, but other colors have since been developed including white and pink.

Easy to grow from seed, forget-me-nots prefer a rich soil, but generally don't mind overcrowding. Commonly, they often provide a splash of color in lightly shady areas, under large trees or in rock gardens ...

Sow seeds after all danger of frost and cover lightly with soil. In 7-14 days, seedlings should begin appearing which should be spaced about 8" apart. Forget-me-nots generally grow to about 6 inches tall and a foot wide.

In warmer climates, perennial forget-me-nots can also be propagated by separating clumps of already-established plants.

Except for being kept moist, forget-me-nots are usually maintenance-free and require little care.

 

On the Web - How to grow forget-me-nots :

 

Plant Files: Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis sylvatica) - Fact sheet from Dave's Garden showing U.S. hardiness zones, recommended spacing between plants, sun exposure, propagation, soil requirements and related information, including site member suggestions & comments.

Plant Pest Handbook - Forget-me-not (Myosotis) - Here's a helpful list of diseases common to forget-me-nots and possible remedies along with pest control tips for aphids and potato flea beetles.

A Close-up View of Two Forget -Me-Nots - And they mean it - with extreme close-ups of myosotis arvensis and myosotis scorpioides including microsopic views and diagrams.

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