Myosotis asiatica (Vesterg.) Schischkin & Sergievskaja
mountain forget-me-not (Asian forget-me-not)
Boraginaceae (Borage family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Virginia Skilton     (Photo ID #2750)


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Distribution of Myosotis asiatica
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Species Information

Perennial herb from fibrous roots and a branching stem-base or short rhizome; spreading-hairy throughout; stems several to many, tufted, erect, 3-50 cm tall.
Basal leaves oblanceolate or elliptic, stalked, 5-13 cm long, 2-12 mm wide; stem leaves several, oblong to lance-elliptic, smaller, to 6 cm long, gradually reduced upward, unstalked, entire, alternate.
Several to many in coiled, bractless, not much elongating clusters; flowers showy, the flower stalks erect then spreading to ascending, about as long as calyces; petals intensely blue, rarely white, fused at base into a tube that spreads flat (4-10 mm wide) at top to 5 lobes, with 5 yellow bulges at the throat; fruiting calyces 2-5 mm long, with spreading to ascending, often hooked hairs.
Nutlets 4, clustered together, egg-shaped, 1-2 mm long, smooth black, shining.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Myosotis asiatica

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
1780 5 2610
Slope Gradient (%)
30 0 300

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

180 5 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 0 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

AT(44), BAFA(153), CMA(1), ESSF(64), ICH(6), IMA(7), MH(1), SBS(1), SWB(26)

Habitat and Range

Mesic meadows, streambanks, rocky slopes and forest openings in the montane to alpine zones; common in N BC, less common southward; circumpolar, N to AK, YT and NT, E to AB and S to ID, SD and WY; Eurasia.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Myosotis alpestris auct. non F.W. Schmidt
Myosotis alpestris subsp. asiatica Vesterg.
Myosotis sylvatica var. alpestris auct. non (F.W. Schmidt) Koch