Information on Water Forget-me-not

Common Name: Water Forget-me-not
Scientific Name: Myosotis scorpioides
Irish Name: Ceotharnach uisce
Family Group: Boraginaceae.
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period


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Water Forget-me-not is not easily confused with other wild plants on this web site.


On very wet, soggy ground throughout the country you'll commonly find this member of the Forget-me-not family.  It has small sky-blue - occasionally pink or white -  5-petalled flowers (4-10mm across) which are borne in loose cymes which slowly uncoil as the flowers open up from May to October.  The corolla is somewhat flat as the 5 lobes spread out from the tube at the white and yellow centre.  The leaves are alternate and untoothed with pointed tips and the stems are covered in closely-pressed hairs.  It is a perennial plant which spreads by means of creeping rhizomes.  This is a native plant which belongs to the family Boraginaceae.  

My first record of this plant is in 1980 in 5-mile-point, Co Wicklow and I photographed it in 2007 at Tacumshane, Co Wexford.

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Forget-me-not, Water
Forget-me-not, Water

This plant is also known as True Forget-me-not and Scorpion Grass due to the way its cymes unfurl in a way thought to be somewhat similar to a scorpion's tail and hence the species name 'Scorpioides'