Myosotis scorpioides alba

Family: Boraginaceae

Countries: Afghanistan, Asia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Himalayas, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Middle East, Mongolia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sardegna, Scotland, Siberia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Wales, Yugoslavia

Myosotis scorpioides alba is also known as the Water Forget-Me-Not.  This pretty plant requires continually wet conditions; Myosotis scorpioides alba grows in reliably wet bog gardens, as well as in streams, and ponds.  If you have a patio garden and don’t have room for a pond you can still grow Myosotis scorpioides alba by creating a container pond or bog garden .

I’m growing Myosotis scorpioides alba in my wildlife pond.  My plant is potted into an aquatic planter that I’ve lined with hessian and filled with an aquatic peat-free compost.  This plant is growing in the margins of my pond, where the water is shallower.  The water covers the top of my Myosotis scorpioides alba plant’s planter.  These plants can grow in very wet boggy soils or in ponds and streams where the water is up to 10cm (0.4ft) above the crown of the plant.

My Myosotis scorpioides alba plant has flowered from May through until the end of October.  I find my plant’s flowering stems grow ever longer and this plant grows to form a more substantial plant as the season progresses, but it’s never invasive or overpowering and it’s very attractive, too.  Plants form clumps that spread to around 30cm (1ft) wide by late summer.  My Myosotis scorpioides alba plant is about 20cm (0.6ft) tall.

I adore Myosotis scorpioides alba, this aquatic plant’s dainty white flowers with yellow centres are absolutely charming.  Another reason I grow Myosotis scorpioides alba is because the nursery I bought this plant from listed it as being a good plant for newts; apparently, newts like to lay their eggs underwater and wrap them in Myosotis scorpioides alba leaves (other plants for newts include: Mentha aquatica, Potamogeton crispus, Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum, Potamogeton lucens, Vallisneria spiralis, and Veronica beccabunga).

Position Myosotis scorpioides alba in a bright and sunny position; these plants can also cope with partial shade but they will decline in more shaded conditions.

There are a number of ways to propagate Myosotis scorpioides alba: sow seeds in autumn or from late spring to early summer.  Alternatively, plants can be divided in springtime, and cuttings can be taken in mid summer.

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