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Common Name: Water Forget-Me-Not
Myosotis scorpioides is a Evergreen Perennial up to 0.30 metres tall.
It has medicinal uses.
Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to N. Africa and the Himalayas N. America
Wet places by streams and ponds[
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies, Lepidoptera
Prefers a wet soil but thrives in a moist shady border[
]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Does well on pond edges[
]. Prefers a sunny position[
Plants are hardy to about -20°c[
A long-lived species[
], it spreads freely when growing in marshy ground[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
Used in the treatment of whooping cough and bronchitis[
Seed - sow outdoors in situ in late spring or early summer. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 4 weeks at 20°c.
Division in spring[
]. Large divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.
Cuttings of young shoots, summer in a shady border[