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Myosotis sylvatica

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
my-oh-SOH-tiss sil-VAT-ih-kah
Description

Easily grown in organically rich, consistently moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Plants appreciate part afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Short-lived perennial best grown as an annual. Can be grown as a biennial by planting seed in the ground in mid-summer for bloom the following year. Can also be grown as an annual by starting seed indoors about 8-10 weeks before last spring frost date for bloom the same year. Regardless of method, plants will persist in the garden for many years by freely and sometimes aggressively self-seeding. Deadhead immediately to prevent excessively seeding.

Listed as a noxious weed in one or more Midwestern states 

 

 

 

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#hummingbirds#white#sun#partial shade#annual#blue#pink flowers#spring interest#pollinator plant#butterfly friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#hummingbirds#white#sun#partial shade#annual#blue#pink flowers#spring interest#pollinator plant#butterfly friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Myosotis
    Species:
    sylvatica
    Family:
    Boraginaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Madeira and Temp. Eurasia
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 0 ft. 10 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Ground Cover
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Blue with yellow or white eyes
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Oblong
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Oblong-linear to oblong-lanceolate, hairy, green leaves (to 1-3” long)
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Pond
    Slope/Bank
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Rain Garden
    Rock Garden
    Water Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Rabbits
    Wet Soil
    Problems:
    Short-lived
    Weedy