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Small-Flowered Forget-Me-Not is a weedy little plant that is easily overlooked. The tiny flowers are not very showy, unless they are examined up-close. It has smaller flowers (only 1/8" across) than many other Myosotis spp. (Forget-Me-Not species), and its flowers lack yellow centers. A similar species from Eurasia, Myosotis arvensis (Field Forget-Me-Not), is similar in appearance, but it has flowers with yellow centers and its pedicels are longer than the flowers. Thus far, Field Forget-Me-Not has not been found in Illinois, although it occurs in some eastern states. Another species, Myosotis verna (Spring Forget-Me-Not), has white flowers that are slightly larger in size than those of Small-Flowered Forget-Me-Not.

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