Myosotis discolor Pers.

Yellow-and-blue Forget-me-not

Syst. Veg., edn 15, 190 (1798) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual or biennial herb, 10–30 cm high, usually erect; branches with dense spreading hairs. Leaves densely hairy, apex rounded, margins flat; rosette leaves oblanceolate, 1–5 cm long, 2–10 mm wide; cauline leaves lanceolate. Inflorescence axis with appressed antrorse hairs. Flowers subsessile; pedicels elongating to c. 4 mm in fruit; sepals 2–5 mm long, acute, connate in basal third or less, elongating with age, lower parts with scattered hooked hairs, lobes narrow-triangular to linear; corolla c. 4 mm long, exceeding the sepals, glabrous, white or pale yellow, becoming blue, tube much longer than lobes; stamens and style included in corolla-tube, style about as long as stamens. Mericarps c. 1 mm long, dark brown. Flowers Sep.–Jan.

*Brid, *CVU, *DunT, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *NIS, *OtP, *SnM, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP. Also naturalised WA, NSW, ACT, Tas. Treated as native in SA. Native to Europe, north-west Africa and western Asia. A widespread weed, mainly of moist montane habitats.

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 discolor in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Myosotis discolor in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Bridgewater present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina 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 naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present introduced
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised
Snowy Mountains present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory