The dainty little flowers of forget-me-nots are sure to put a smile on your face while they bloom from spring into summer. They most commonly are found in a beautiful, clear, sky-blue shade, but also come in pale purple, pink, and white. Forget-me-nots make a pretty addition to informal garden borders and mixed containers. They'll easily reseed, so make sure to plant them where you don't mind if they spread a bit.
Forget-me-nots are one of the few plants that can boast a true blue color. But the adorable and prolific blooms also come in light pink, purple, and even a clean white, and yellow centers brighten every shade. The curving stalks supporting the blooms give forget-me-nots one of their common names: scorpion grass. The flowers emerge in early to late spring and continue until summer heat slows the plants down. Forget-me-nots look sweet with a number of different plants: See suggested companion plants below.
Forget-Me-Not Care Must-Knows
Forget-me-nots are easy-to-grow plants, requiring little maintenance. Commonly grown from seed, forget-me-nots are often treated as biennals or short-lived perennials. Seeds can be sown directly in the garden in the fall for early-spring blooms. The self-sowers may become invasive unless spread is controlled by deadheading. Forget-me-nots form dense mats of foliage by producing above-ground runners. The foliage is deer resistant and resembles rounded mouse ears.
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One of the biggest killers of forget-me-nots is summer heat and humidity. In the South especially, summers tend to kill off these charming plants. In this case, treat forget-me-nots as cool-season annuals or look for heat-tolerant varieties and species. Forget-me-nots prefer full sun, but where the summers are hot, they are better placed where they get some afternoon shade. Forget-me-nots also prefer consistently moist soil. Some species can actually grow in standing water and perform well as marginal water plants.
Forget-Me-Not Through the Ages
As you would imagine, this plant has many historical references and meanings tied closely to its name. Forget-me-not was commonly grown in gardens to remember lost loved ones. Other times, people would wear sprays of these delicate blossoms as a sign of their faithfulness to a loved one. The flower has also been taken as a sign of remembrance for fallen soldiers in wars and other significant events.