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

Myosotis verna Nutt.
spring forget-me-not
Boraginaceae (Borage family)

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Species Information

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Annual herb from fibrous roots, with short, coarse, spreading or appressed hairs throughout; stems simple or branched, 5-40 cm tall.
Lowermost leaves oblanceolate and somewhat stalked; middle and upper leaves more oblong or narrowly elliptic to linear and nearly unstalked, 1-5 cm long, 2-10 mm wide, entire, alternate.
Inflorescence of coiled, narrow, elongating clusters, with some leafy bracts on lower flowers, not much longer than the leafy portion of the plant; fruiting stalks ascending, usually shorter than calyces; corollas inconspicuous; petals white, fused at base into a tube that flares (1-2 mm wide) at the top to 5 small lobes; fruiting calyces 4-7 mm long, covered with short hooked hairs on the sepal-tube, stiff ascending-hairy on the lobes, asymmetric, 3 of the lobes shorter than the other 2.
Nutlets 4, clustered, egg-shaped, brown, commonly with pale stippling.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to dry meadows, grasslands, shrublands and forest openings in the lowland, steppe and lower montane zones; infrequent throughout BC; E to ON and S to FL, TX and OR.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Myosotis verna

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) 530 644 879
Slope Gradient (%) 15 42 61
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
183 212 334
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 3 5
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: PP(4)


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 virginica auct. non (L.) Britton, Sterns & Poggenb.

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