Wild Harris

Forget-me-not

Forgetmenot 1 LCampbell.jpgForget-me-not    (Photo: Laurie Campbell)

The name comes from German folklore. According to legend a knight fell into a river whilst picking flowers for his wife. As he drowned he cried out ‘forget-me-not” and so the plant came to symbolize being faithful in love.

Forget-me-nots used to be called scorpion grass because the shape of the flowers, as the buds open it is like a scorpion’s tail.

The scientific name for the plant is ‘mouse-ear’. If you look closely at the leaves you will see that they are pointed and covered in hairs – so they look a bit like mouse-ears.

Forgetmenot 2 LCampbell.jpgForget-me-not    (Photo: Laurie Campbell)

The five-petaled flower is usually sky-blue, but can be pink, white or yellow. Look at the lovely yellow eye at the centre of the flower.

by Alison Tyler