Common Name: Forget-me-nots
Entry Author: J.
Rogers and C. Westring
Description: An invasive, colony forming perennial herb
Leaves: 3-8 cm long and 0.5-2 cm wide, lower leaves oblong lance-shaped, upper leaves oblong or oval. Leaves alternate and slightly hairy.
Flowers: Small prolific blue flowers (5-petaled) with a yellow center, tube shaped and abruptly flared at tip
Seed: Seeds are contained within nutlets
Stem: Calyx hairs pressed firmly against the stem
Branching Pattern: Sprawling vine-like ground cover; divergent branches that uncoil as flowers bloom; alternate arrangement of leaves
Height: 10-60 cm
Conditions/Habitat/Kind of Forest: Stream banks and shores, swamps, wet depressions in forests. Prefers a sunny position.
Range: Throughout USA and Canada
Conservation Status-US/ World Wide: Invasive
Uses (Human): Used in the treatment of bronchitis and whooping cough
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This page was created by: J. Rogers,
Northampton Community College, and K. Rice and C. Westring, Muhlenberg College
Last updated 12/21/05