Myosotis sylvatica Hoffm.

Wood Forget-me-not

Deutschl. Fl. 61 (1791) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Biennial or perennial herb, 20–40 cm high, erect or spreading; branches with dense spreading hairs. Leaves moderately hairy, apex usually obtuse, margins flat; rosette leaves oblanceolate, 2–10 cm long, 8–30 mm wide; cauline leaves elliptic to lanceolate. Inflorescence axis with appressed antrorse hairs. Flowers on pedicels to c. 10 mm long; sepals 2.5–6 mm long, acute, connate in basal third, elongating with age, lower parts covered densely with hooked hairs; corolla 5–6 mm long, 6–10 mm diam., exceeding the sepals, glabrous, bright blue with a yellow throat, tube about as long as lobes; stamens and style included in corolla-tube; style about as long as stamens. Mericarps c. 2 mm long, pale to dark brown. Flowers mostly Sep.–Mar.

*CVU, *GipP, *Gold, *GGr, *HSF, *OtP, *OtR, *Strz, *VVP, *WaP, *WPro. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Native to Europe. A widespread garden-escape, naturalised in several moist, shaded sites.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Boraginaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-04-01
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
family Boraginaceae
genus Myosotis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Myosotis sylvatica in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Myosotis sylvatica in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present introduced
Wilsons Promontory present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present introduced
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory