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.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|IDF(1), IMA(1), PP(1)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Myosotis scorpioides var. arvensis L.