Myosotis – Review, History, Photo

This herb belongs to the Boraginaceae family. It may be annual, biennial, and even perennial, which, coupled with its easy cultivation and cold resistance, makes it popular among gardeners.

Myosotis Review and History

Forget-me-not is cultivated since the 19th century. But this flower is rarely used in floristry because it withers rapidly in the vase. However, it is ideal for the so-called “summer” and “spring” bouquets and arrangements, and therefore it is not forgotten by the florists.

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The name of the flower comes from two Greek words: “myos” – mouse and “ous” – ear. Apparently, very downy rounded leaves of some varieties of the plant reminded an ancient human of mouse ears. Interestingly, the name “forget-me-not” has identical translation and meaning in many languages, for example, in German: Vergissmeinnicht.

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The genus includes 50 species that grow on all continents (except Antarctica and the Arctic, of course). Branched stems, very downy and branched, grow up to 50 centimeters long. The flowers are collected in a coiled inflorescence. The most common coloring is light blue with a yellow oculus in the middle, but there are also blue (“Blue Ball”, “Indigo” varieties), pink (“Carmen King”, “Rozilva” varieties) and white ones. It blossoms in May – June.

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When you deal with forget-me-nots, remember that flowers are the most vulnerable segment of these plants, they easily fly off from the stems, not even having time to wither, so you can not put them together densely. Maintaining a high level of moisture in the plants helps keep their marketability.

Previously, forget-me-not was valued not only for its appearance, but also as a medicinal plant: it was used to stop bleeding and inflammation in the body.

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