All set to hit the woods after chores and the darkness moved in. So to DD early and catch up on things (though there was a Verizon truck on my street when I was leaving home so I’m hoping my phone service will be back when I get home). So back to yesterday’s boardwalk where I was surprised to see large colonies of true foget-me-nots. Would not have thought a bog would be an ideal plce for them but, obviouly, it is.
The flowers are small, measuring 6mm. in width. Each radial…ly symmetrical bloom has a fused corolla that opens into five rounded lobes. The flower is powder-blue with a conspicuous, bright yellow center. Flowers are arranged in tightly coiled, rounded clusters that unfurl as the flowers progressively bloom.
The leaves are long, measuring 2.5-5 cm. in length, and oblong. These deep green leaves are often stalkless, have blunt tips, a deeply recessed midvein, and are covered with fine hairs.
True forget-me-not grows best in wet places including moist woodlands and streamsides.
True forget-me-not has a unique flower arrangement in which flower buds are positioned along the length of tightly coiled stems. These stems unfurl as the flowers bloom forming an elongated cluster. However, because flowers are short-lived and drop off as the stem uncoils and new flowers bloom, flowers appear as arranged in an elongated cluster that follows the head of the unfurling stem.
The specific epithet, scorpioides, refers to the scorpion tail-like unfurling nature of the stems.
This wildflower was introduced to the New England area from Europe and was extensively cultivated for ornamental use.