E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Myosotis sylvatica Ehrh.
wood forget-me-not (woodland forget-me-not)
Boraginaceae (Borage family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from fibrous roots and short rhizome, spreading-hairy throughout; stems simple or much-branched, 15-45 cm tall.
Lower leaves in basal rosette, somewhat stalked, egg- or spoon-shaped; stem leaves lanceolate to oblong, unstalked, 5-12 cm long, 2-12 mm wide, entire, alternate.
Several to many in lax, coiled, elongating, bractless, terminal clusters; fruiting stalks spreading, 1 1/2 to 2 times as long as the calyces; petals bright blue, rarely white, fused at base into a tube that spreads flat (5-10 mm wide) at the top to 5 lobes, with 5 yellow bulges at the throat; fruiting calyces 3-5 mm long, with short, curly and hooked hairs on the sepal tube.
Nutlets 4, clustered, egg-shaped, 1.5-2 mm long, dark brown, smooth, shining.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic grasslands, shrublands, disturbed areas and open forests in the lowland, steppe and lower montane zones; frequent in S BC, rare elsewhere; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Myosotis sylvatica

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)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 57 2169 2682
Slope Gradient (%) 0 37 100
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
10 197 344
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 2 6
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(35), BAFA(3), ESSF(47), ICH(1), IDF(2), IMA(14), MS(1), SWB(1)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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

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