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This is one of the blue-flowered Forget-Me-Not species (some others have white flowers). True Forget-Me-Not is a larger plant with larger leaves and larger flowers (6-8 mm. across) than the native Myosotis laxa (Small Forget-Me-Not), which has flowers about 3-4 mm. across. Another species that is sometimes cultivated, the non-native Myosotis sylvatica (Garden Forget-Me-Not), has a very similar appearance to True Forget-Me-Not. Garden Forget-Me-Not differs by having spreading hooked hairs on its calyx, and its calyx teeth are as long or longer than the calyx tube. Furthermore, its calyx teeth are more lanceolate and pointed than those of True Forget-Me-Not, which are more ovate and blunt.


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Source: Illinois Wildflowers


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