Myosotis arvensis (L.) Hill
field forget-me-not
Boraginaceae (Borage family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Bryan Kelly-McArthur     (Photo ID #78013)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Myosotis arvensis
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Species Information

Biennial or annual herb from fibrous roots, short soft spreading-hairy to straight appressed-hairy throughout; stems simple or branched, 10-40 cm tall.
Lower leaves in a loose rosette, stalked, oblanceolate; upper leaves unstalked, more oblong or lanceolate; 1-6 cm long, 3-16 cm wide, entire, alternate.
Inflorescence of lax, coiled, elongating, bractless, terminal clusters, not much longer than leafy part of plant; fruiting stalks ascending or spreading, as long as or longer than the calyces; petals grey-blue, sometimes white, fused at the base into a tube that spreads (2-4 mm wide) at top to 5 lobes, with 5 bulges at the throat; fruiting calyces 3-5 mm long, short stiff-hairy and also with numerous, short, coarse, hooked hairs.
Nutlets 4, clustered together, egg-shaped, smooth, dark brown, shining.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Myosotis arvensis

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)
1407 810 2461
Slope Gradient (%)
36 0 60

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

98 82 115
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 1 5
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

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

IDF(1), IMA(1), PP(1)

Habitat and Range

Moist to mesic roadsides and waste places in the lowland zone; frequent in SW BC; introduced from Europe.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Myosotis scorpioides var. arvensis L.