The exquisite little baby-blue flowers of the Forget-me-not have a certain sentiment attached to them through various legends of love and affection that endears them to all. In the language of flowers they are symbolic of true love and constancy. A pretty Persian legend, told by the poet Shiraz, runs as follows: " It was in the golden morning of the early world, when an angel sat weeping outside the closed gates of Eden. He had fallen from his high estate through loving a daughter of earth, nor was he permitted to enter again until she whom he loved had planted the flowers of the Forget-me-not in every corner of the world. He returned to earth, and assisted her, and they went hand in hand over the world, planting the Forget-me-nots. When their task was ended they entered Paradise together; for the fair woman, without tasting the bitterness of death, became immortal like the angel, whose love her beauty had won, when she sat by the river twining the Forget-me-nots in her hair."
This species is a native of Europe and Asia, and is the true flower of our gardens, which has escaped, and is found in marshes and along brooks or in moist meadows from May to August. It is a low-branching perennial, having slender root-stocks or stolens. The slender, leafy stems grow from six to eighteen inches in length, and often take root again at the lower leaf joints. The oblong, lance-shaped, and hairy leaf has a blunt tip and partly clasps the stalk. The small spreading, five-lobed, yellow-centred, light blue, or sometimes pink, flowers are borne in small, one-sided, curving terminal clusters. The buds are tinted with pink. The Forget-me-not is spreading rapidly from Nova Scotia to New York, and Pennsylvania southward and westward. The generic name, Myosotis, is from the Greek, meaning Mouse-ear, and alludes to the leaves.