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Water Forget-me-not - Myosotis scorpioides

An evergreen creeping perennial with upright flowering shoots growing to 12cm (5in) tall with variable coloured hermaphroditic flowers to 10mm (0.4in) diameter, of Blue, Pink or White, each with a yellow centre of five petals on a multiple raceme, each flower having five stamens in a central tube.  Leaves are pale green, usually hairless but occasionally lightly hairy, somewhat lanceolate with a pointed round tip, central rib.

Seen during May to September in shady damp areas stream and pond sides, damp roadsides, on neutral soils, often forming a large area.  It is common and widespread, native to Europe and Asia but found commonly elsewhere.  The species name - scorpioides means "like a scorpion", referring to the curled raceme of flowers which resembles the tail of a scorpion.  Favoured by bees and other aquatic insects such as Caddis Flies and Alder Flies.

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