Forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides or Myosotis palustris)
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Wild Flowers of Sleepy Hollow Lake
Forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides or Myosotis palustris)

(Forget-me-not - 01)  This is a small patch of forget-me-nots.  This wildflower blooms from May to October and grows to heights for 6 inches to slightly over 2 feet.  The forget-me-not usually prefers moist soil conditions such as on the banks of streams and small bodies of water.  It is a native of Europe and Asia.



(Forget-me-not - 01a)  The leaves of the forget-me-not are linear-oblong in shape and sessile, meaning that they do not have a stem.  The leaves grow alternately along the entire length of the stem.  At the top or terminal end of each stem is a cluster of forget-me-not flowers forming a one-sided raceme.





(Forget-me-not - 02)  Each forget-me-not flower is about 1/4 to 1/3 of an inch in diameter with 5 blue petals with a yellow "eye" in the center and five stamens, which can be seen in the hollow of the yellow center.  We believe that the white centered flowers are immature.  New flower buds can be seen further down the flower stalk.  When mature, these flowers will be at the same height as the others.






(Forget-me-not - 03)  This is another cluster of forget-me-not flowers with several bud poking their way out from under the flowers.  There are a lot of stories about how this wildflower got its common name, but the more classical legend is: A young man was picking some flowers for his sweetheart at the edge of a small lake. In the process he fell in, and not being able to swim, he began to slip below the surface and through the flowers to his sweetheart on the shore, and shouted, "Forget-me-not."



(Forget-me-not - 04)  This is another look at a forget-me-not flower and bud cluster.  A close examination of the buds reveals that they are covered with hairs.





(Forget-me-not - 05)  We believe the round circle, recessed in the center of the "eye", is the pistil. 






(Forget-me-not - 06)  This is another look at the forget-me-not with a thank you to God for having created it.





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