Forget Me Not

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Wildflowers, Plants and Ferns, Pacific Northwest

Forget Me Not, BC Coastal Region
Forget Me Not, Photo By Bud Logan

The  forget me not is a moderately tall, sprawling wildflower that measures approximately up to 60 cm in height. The radically symmetrical flowers are powder blue with bright yellow centers. They are arranged in rounded, divergent clusters along the length of the branch. The leaves are oblong, hairy, and often stalk less.

The flowers are small, measuring 6mm. in width. Each symmetrical bloom has a fused corolla that opens into five rounded lobes. The flower is powder blue with a conspicuous, bright yellow center. Flowers are arranged in tightly coiled, rounded clusters that unfurl as the flowers progressively bloom.

The leaves are long, measuring 2.5 to 5 cm in length, and oblong. These deep green leaves are often stalkless and are covered with fine hairs. True forget me not grows in wet places including moist woodlands and stream sides.

Forget Me Not, BC Coastal region
Forget Me Not, Photo By Bud Logan

Forget me not has a unique flower arrangement in which flower buds are positioned along the length of tightly coiled stems. These stems unfurl as the flowers bloom forming an elongated cluster. However, because flowers are short lived and drop off as the stem uncoils and new flowers bloom, flowers appear as arranged in an elongated cluster that follows the head of the unfurling stem.

They say forget me not got their name from a medieval knight who had just returned from battle. He was walking by a raging river with his beloved wife whom he had missed dearly. The knight held a bouquet of flowers in his hands that he had just gathered for her. As they walked along, the knight leaned over the edge to look into the water and because of the weight of the armor, he fell into the water. According to the legend, he threw the bouquet at her shouting forget-me-not and then disappeared into the water and was never seen again.

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