Field Forget-me-not Myosotis arvensis

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
field forget-me-not


Myosotis arvensis, more commonly known as the field forget-me-not, is a charming and delicate plant known for its enchanting appearance. It sprouts small, rounded leaves that have a slightly hairy texture, creating a soft and inviting feel to the touch. The leaves form a basal rosette at the base, from which slender stems arise. Atop these stems are clusters of tiny flowers that exhibit an alluring sky blue hue, a color that typically evokes images of clear, serene skies. Each flower bears a notable central yellow eye, which is encircled by five flat, petal-like lobes that spread outwards. These lobes have finely crenulated edges, adding a frilly aspect to the plant's overall elegance. The field forget-me-not's foliage is typically a medium green color, providing a fresh backdrop that makes the blue of the flowers even more striking. As the plant matures, seeds develop in small, coiled clusters, which eventually open to disperse the seeds. Overall, the appearance of the field forget-me-not exudes a charming simplicity, often conjuring feelings of nostalgia and quaintness in its presence.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Field Forget-Me-Not, Field Scorpion Grass, Mouse Ear, Common Forget-Me-Not

    • Common names

      Myosotis arvensis var. umbricola, Myosotis collina, Myosotis intermedia, Myosotis micrantha, Myosotis ramosissima, Myosotis stricta.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Field forget-me-not, which is the most common name for Myosotis arvensis, is not known to be toxic to humans. Therefore, there typically are no symptoms of poisoning associated with ingesting this plant, and it is generally considered safe in terms of human consumption. However, it's always prudent to be cautious with the consumption of wild plants and always seek advice from a professional if uncertain about the safety of a particular plant.

    • To pets

      Field forget-me-not is not known to be toxic to pets either. Hence, there are no specific symptoms of poisoning or toxicity expected if a pet ingests this plant. As with humans, caution is advised if a pet consumes any wild plants, and you should monitor for any signs of gastrointestinal upset or allergic reactions and consult a veterinarian if you have any concerns.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      0 feet 10 inches (25 cm)

    • Spread

      0 feet 6 inches (15 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts Pollinators: Myosotis arvensis, commonly known as the Field Forget-Me-Not, provides nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinating insects, supporting biodiversity.
    • Aesthetic Appeal: The delicate blue flowers of the Field Forget-Me-Not offer a charming aesthetic to gardens and wildflower meadows.
    • Wildlife Habitat: It can serve as a habitat for small insects, which are crucial in the food chain and maintaining ecological balance.
    • Erosion Control: The Field Forget-Me-Not, with its root system, can help to stabilize soil and prevent erosion in certain environments.
    • Companion Planting: Its presence can benefit other plants by attracting beneficial insects that can aid in pest control.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Expectorant: Traditionally used to help clear mucus from the respiratory tract.
    • Diuretic: May promote the production of urine, aiding in the elimination of waste from the body.
    • Astringent: Possesses tightening properties which might be beneficial for skin conditions.
    • Emollient: It has been used for its soothing effect on the skin.
    • Anti-inflammatory: It may reduce inflammation, potentially beneficial for various conditions.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Field forget-me-not can be used as a natural dye, often producing a blue or green color depending on the mordant used.
    • The flowers of the plant can be pressed and used in traditional herbarium collections or as decorative elements in art projects.
    • Due to its symbolism of remembrance, the plant is commonly used in memorial gardens and memory-related ceremonies.
    • Gardeners sometimes plant field forget-me-not as a companion plant to deter pests, due to its mild insect-repellent properties.
    • Enthusiasts of edible wild plants use the leaves of field forget-me-not in salads for their mildly hairy texture and visual appeal.
    • The plant can be used as a ground cover to prevent soil erosion in areas prone to losing topsoil.
    • The seeds of field forget-me-not can be included in wildflower seed mixes to encourage biodiversity in gardens and wild spaces.
    • Florists may use the plant in fresh or dried floral arrangements for a delicate touch of blue.
    • Connoisseurs of wild edible greens sometimes cook the leaves of field forget-me-not as a potherb, although it's not a common practice.
    • Field forget-me-not can be used in nature crafts, such as making bookmarks or greeting cards, by embedding the flowers into paper as it dries.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Forget-me-not is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Forget-me-not is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • True Love: Myosotis arvensis, commonly known as the Forget-me-not, is often associated with true love and the desire not to be forgotten by a loved one. The name itself is a plea for remembrance.
    • Memories: The Forget-me-not serves as a symbol for memories and reminiscence, often given in the hope that precious moments and people will not be forgotten over time.
    • Fidelity: Due to its associations with true love and remembrance, the Forget-me-not also symbolizes fidelity and faithfulness in a relationship.
    • Enduring Love: The resilience of the flower, often blooming in challenges, represents enduring love that survives hardships and continues to grow.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every year
Spring-early summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Field forget-me-not should be watered regularly but moderately to maintain moist soil, without causing waterlogging. Typically, watering once a week with approximately one to two gallons of water should suffice, depending on weather conditions and soil drainage. During hot, dry spells, you may need to increase watering frequency, but always check the top inch of soil for dryness before adding more water. It's best to water early in the morning to reduce evaporation and allow leaves to dry out, thus preventing fungal diseases.

  • sunLight

    Field forget-me-not thrives in full sun to partial shade. An ideal spot would provide morning sun and afternoon shade, especially in regions with hot summers. The plant can tolerate a wide range of light conditions but flowering is best with ample light.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Field forget-me-not prefers cool to moderate temperatures and can tolerate a range from approximately 35 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The ideal temperature range for this plant is between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. It can withstand light frosts but extreme heat can be detrimental.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning field forget-me-not is generally not necessary, but deadheading spent flowers can encourage more blooms and prevent excessive self-seeding. It's best to prune or deadhead in the late spring or early summer after the initial bloom phase to promote a second flowering. Regular removal of dead or yellowing leaves can help maintain plant health and appearance.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Field Forget-me-not prefers well-drained soil with a mix of loam, sand, and organic matter. Aim for a neutral to slightly acidic pH between 6.0 and 7.0 for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Field Forget-me-nots are annuals or biennials and typically do not require repotting as they complete their life cycle in one or two seasons.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Field Forget-me-not thrives in average humidity conditions typical of outdoor environments; no specific humidity level is required.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and keep soil moist for Field Forget-me-not.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade, moist soil, and protect from strong winds for Field Forget-me-not.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Myosotis arvensis, commonly known as the field forget-me-not, begins its life cycle when its seeds germinate, typically in the spring or autumn, in a variety of soils. The seedlings develop into a basal rosette of leaves, from which emerges a flowering stem during its vegetative growth stage. The plant’s flowering phase occurs in late spring to summer, where small blue flowers with five petals appear, forming flat, open clusters. After pollination, which is facilitated by insects, it enters the reproductive stage, producing small, nutlet-like fruits that contain the seeds. These seeds are dispersed by various means, including wind, water, and animal movement, ensuring the continuation of the species. The field forget-me-not is an annual or biennial plant, completing its life cycle within one or two years respectively, after which it dies, leaving seeds to sprout and continue the life cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-early summer

    • Propogation: Forget-me-not (Myosotis arvensis) is most commonly propagated through seed. The best time to sow the seeds is in spring after the last frost when soil temperatures are around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 21 degrees Celsius). The seeds require light to germinate, so they are usually sprinkled on the surface of the soil rather than covered. They should be kept consistently moist and will typically germinate within 14 to 21 days. Thin out the seedlings to prevent overcrowding as this can impede their growth. This method is favored for its simplicity and effectiveness in producing new plants that are true to the parent.