Myosotis L.


Greek mys — mouse, ous — ear, referring to the appearance of the leaves.

Annual or perennial herbs, sometimes hairy but never bristly. Leaves alternate on stem but forming a rosette at the base. Flower clusters terminal, open and coiled. Flowers stalked and with 5 scales in the throat, the lobes spreading. Stamens enclosed.

Grown mostly as bedding plants for the simple habit and flowers.

Seed and division.

Plants without rough hairs; flowers in open clusters and often changing from pink to blue at flowering; nutlets shiny and smooth.

About 100 species from temperate regions.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Boraginaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      [Boraginales]
family       Boraginaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Myosotis sylvatica Hoffm.