Myosotis (Forget-Me-Not) my-o-SO-tis
The genus name Myosotis means “mouse ear,” named after the rounded shape of these plants’ fuzzy leaves. There are about 100 species in the genus, and the majority of these are known commonly as forget-me-not or scorpion grass. Found typically in temperate regions, some species occur in alpine areas. Most species are native to western Eurasia and New Zealand, while only ten species are found growing wild in North America, South America, Africa, New Guinea and Australia. Of the 100 species, there are three that are most commonly grown as garden plants. Myosotis sylvatica, also called woodland forget-me-not, is a biennial native to Europe and parts of South Asia including Bhutan, India and Nepal. It grows in woodlands, forests and rocky places. This species is the most widely cultivated variety.