A small, slender plant with perennial rootstocks or stolons freely rooting at the nodes; stems pubescent, decumbent below, the ends ascending or erect, 6 to 18 inches long. Leaves oblong to oblong-lanceolate, blunt, narrowed at the base, 1 to 3 inches long, only the lower ones petioled. Flowers in several or many-flowered loose racemes, curving over at the tip. Calyx lobes five, equal, triangular-ovate, pointed, shorter than the calyx tube. Corolla one-fourth to one-third of an inch broad with five rounded lobes, light blue with a yellow eye. Stamens five, not projecting out of the flower; ovary four-divided, in fruit becoming four small, angled nutlets.

Memoir 15 N. Y. State Museum

Plate 182

A. forget me not; mouse ear; scorpion grass Myosotis scorpioides

A. forget-me-not; mouse-ear; scorpion grass Myosotis scorpioides

In brooks, marshes and wet meadows, Newfoundland to New York, Ontario, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Said to be a native of Europe, but well established and common in many places, often far from habitations. Flowering from May to July.