Myosotis exarrhena

Sweet Forget-me-not

Erect perennial herb with dense spreading hairs on stems and leaves.

Additional information

  • FamilyBoraginaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size20-50 cm high
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesDense basal rosette of stalked lance-shaped to oblong leaves, broader towards tip, 3.5-10 cm x 3-13 mm; stem leaves becoming smaller, lance-shaped, stem-clasping.
  • Flower colourWhite or pale blue
  • Flowering timeOctober to April
  • FlowersTerminal sprays of small hairless, shortly-stalked, scented funnel-shaped flowers 6-11 mm long. Stamens exserted beyond flower. Hairs on stems pressed upwards, hooked hairs on calyx.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist mountain soils. Semi shade. Very rare plant.
  • Garden useA small plant for a herb garden or large mixed container.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusPresumed extinct within the Shire. Known from very few local sites where they were most recently collected in 1904.
Photographer/s: 1, 2 Dr. Michael Bayly © & Alison Kellow ©; 3 Richard Hartland ©

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