For­get-me-not

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(Myoso­tis syl­vat­ica)

In spring, this an­nual bears a pro­fu­sion of del­i­cate blue flow­ers, each with a small white or yel­low eye in the cen­tre. And once you have for­get-me-nots in your gar­den, you’ll have them for­ever as they self-seed read­ily and ger­mi­nate eas­ily. If too many plants come up, re­move the ex­cess – oth­er­wise they’ll take over your flowerbeds. For­get-me-nots do well al­most ev­ery­where and re­quire lit­tle at­ten­tion.

The indige­nous Cape for­get-me-not (Anchusa capen­sis) is a slightly big­ger plant with bright blue flow­ers. It grows in most soil types and self-seeds just as eas­ily. Cape for­get-me-nots bloom from spring to sum­mer. Both make good cut flow­ers.

Although both of these plants have sim­i­lar com­mon names, they be­long to two dif­fer­ent gen­era.

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