Myosotis latifolia

Myosotis latifolia_broadleaf forget me not_flower_JM DiTomaso
Photo: Joseph DiTomaso

Synonyms: Myosotis sylvatica [misapplied in older California references]

Common names: common forget-me-not; wood forget-me-not; broadleaf forget-me-not

Myosotis latifolia (common forget-me-not) is a perennial or annual herb (family Boraginaceae) found primarily in coniferous and riparian areas along the coast in northern and central California. It is native to northwestern Africa and was introduced into North America as a garden ornamental. Common forget-me-not is low-statured, with pale blue to pink radiate flowers in (initially) coiled racemes, with simple, elliptic leaves that are sessile along stems and creeping roots. It can outcompete other understory plants and may be toxic to livestock. Seeds are long-lived, which makes long-term control difficult.

Cal-IPC Rating: Limited?

CDFA Rating: None?


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Weed Management Notes

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Other Myosotis latifolia Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

    Myosotis latifolius_flowers_copyright2007_NealKramer
    Myosotis latifolius (common forget-me-not) flowers. Photo: &#169 2007 Neal Kramer
    Myosotis latifolia_leaves (young plant)_ZoyaAkulova
    Myosotis latifolius (common forget-me-not) leaves (young plant). Photo: Zoya Akulova
    Myosotis latifolia_infestation_ZoyaAkulova
    Myosotis latifolius (common forget-me-not) infestation. Photo: Zoya Akulova