Forget-Me-Not Plants – Information On Growing Forget-Me-Nots

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By Becca Badgett
(Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden)

The true forget-me-not flower (Myosotis scorpioides) grows on tall, hairy stems which sometimes reach 2 feet in height. Charming, five-petaled, blue blooms with yellow centers explode from the stems from May through October. Flower petals are sometimes pink. Forget-me-not plants often grow near brooks and streams and other bodies of water which offer the high humidity and moisture that is desirable to this species.

The perennial forget-me-not flower spreads easily, freely self-seeding for more of the wildflower to grow and bloom in shady spots where the tiny seeds may fall. Forget-me-not flower care is minimal, as with most native wildflowers. Forget-me-not plants grow best in a damp, shady area, but can adapt to full sun.

Forget-Me-Not Flower Care

Forget-me-not flower care will likely include removing these plants from unwanted spaces. While the forget-me-not flower is attractive in many designs, the free seeding specimen may take over areas where other plants are planned. Use the forget-me-not plant in areas that are too wet to support the root system of other flowers. Growing forget-me-nots will include watering those planted in drier areas.


The true forget-me-not plant, Myosotis scorpioides (Myosotis palustris), is native to the United States, making it a low maintenance addition to the landscape. Fertilize forget-me-not plants once or twice each season, once in spring and again in autumn, if needed

Places for Growing Forget-Me-Nots

Understanding how to grow forget-me-nots leads to their placement in the appropriate area. The specimen is excellent for naturalizing a shady, wooded area. This location allows for the shade and moisture retention needed for optimum performance of this wildflower. Of course, if you have a shady pond or bog area in need of landscaping, use this moisture loving flower there.

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