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

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

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Species Information

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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.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / 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.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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) 5 1780 2610
Slope Gradient (%) 0 30 300
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
5 180 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 3 8
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(44), BAFA(153), CMA(1), ESSF(64), ICH(6), IMA(7), MH(1), SBS(1), SWB(26)


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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