These flowers are TINY (about as big as the thickness of a pencil).
I sowed these in sector 2 last fall, but the marker faded and cannot be read anymore. :( Any ideas?
SOLVED: Tiny Blue flowers, yellow center, 5 petals
Unquestionably in that genus, according to pics I found on Google! Very nice, GW.
Now to find out the species. It does match very closely with this: http://herba.msu.ru/pictures/Living_Pictures/Boraginaceae/Brunnera/LP_100.JPG
I'm going to compare the foliage and see what I find. This one that I have is only about 6 inches tall...
I didn't write down the variety from the tag, I just saw the big letters brunnera on one of my pictures.
Brunnera macrophylla variegata - they cost an arm and a leg over here!!!! They prefer shady conditions and good soil. If you ever take cuttings Dave.......... :-)
I know, that's what I'm wondering. A finder's fee for IDing it for him, right Louisa? ;)
Kimberley I think you are absolutely right...hee-hee!! Back home they are expensive but I couldn't resist it. Over here I'm resisting, not only an arm and a leg but a whole body!!
I can understand you thinking this Evert. Myosotis is the common or garden Forget-me-not but this is the true perennial.
There is lots of other Myosotis (Forget-Me-Not) species though..
You have a point Evert!! Dave, I opened Gardenwife's link and that was definitely Brunnera so I have to ask you then - is your plant variegated?? If not, then it could be that Evert is correct!!
Then it is the annual Myosotis - self-seeds profusely and is lovely. When the leaves go grey and mouldy looking - pull them up, shake and scatter the seeds!!
Louisa, isn't Myosotis biennial? Hmm.. anyway there is lots of species and differences between them I think. Some annual som biennial.
Are you sure we are not talking about cynoglossum? They are an annual that is often referred to as a Forget-Me-Not. They are a very intense blue. If so, I think they are self-seeders.
Here's a link to Googles Imaging: http://images.google.com/images?q=cynoglossum&hl=en&btnG=Google+Search
Forget-Me-Not/Chinese/Cynoglossum amabile...yes,Louisa. I grow a few cynoglossum every year. They bloom late here about the time the calendula are blooming. That's an impressive combo! I don't have a great germination rate on them. They like to be in darkness I think. They probably do best started outdoors. No time for that here!
I'm always confused about forget-me-nots. There are the mysotis, which are biennial, but there are also some wild forget-me-not here...our state flower! There is also a clumping form of some sort. I sure like them!
I just bought a Brunnera macrophylla variegata and I didn't think the cost was too bad. It was in a six inch pot and was less than eight dollars. So pretty. Have to say that it was worth the cost, but I'm mailing mine to NY on Monday. Someone very special is getting this one.
This one is definitely a Forget-me-not. It matches the pictures perfectly.
Additionally, go_vols was here yesterday, and she walked up to the plant and, without hesitation, said, "Oh, look at those forget-me-nots".
I was too embarrassed to tell her that I had posted it to the ID forum and we were discussing that very plant! ha!
Well, forget-me-not it is. Are these invasive? The Plants Database is not marking it as invasive.
Not the ones i have. They are really charming bienniels that seed themselves around, but always seem to know where they will look best! If any grow where you don't want them, they are easy to pull out.
Dave, these are not the biennial myosotis, I think, but rather the annual Chinese forget-me-not, or cynoglossum. Actually, my myosotis drops seed everywhere, but I don't mind. I just move them where I want them. I think the cynoglossum is marginal for this area, so it doesn't seem to self-seed...don't know how it will behave there. The cynoglossum seem more evasive than invasive here!
Just to thicken the plot...There is a non-variegated brunnera, though. :) Boy, those sure look like the brunnera, too. That's wild!
It does indeed WZ lol!
Dave, we really need to know the leaf size, colour and texture as this would distinguish better than the flower??
..........and have you taken its fingerprints?
You know, I think Dave posts these bloom closeups without any defined foliage just to see us all speculate!
Yup, think your right Weez!
A description would be quite acceptable to be going on with Dave ;)
Philomel.. I don't think eloquent description is an option when a man can just go out, take a picture and be done with it! He's probably beginning to wonder why he ever posted in the first place!
Yes, was forgetting........
whoops, hush my mouth, was nearly rude to the opposite..... and that would never do, particularly to a KING! lolol ;)
Oh, mercy. I hadn't realized I had been quoted in this thread, (and perhaps a gaff at that!)
Okay, I'm resurrecting this thread to try to put this question to rest once and for all. Judges, what's the verdict? Is this Cynoglossum or Myosotis?
I swear, Go_vols, I didn't restir this pot on purpose! However, I still sat cynoglossum... Chinese Forget Me Not. No white in the center. Hey, wasn't Dave supposed to go out and take another picture?
He must be looking for the camera.
No matter what it is,it sure is a pretty little thing.
I'm sorry that I never did get a foliage shot of these guys. :( And they are long gone, never to return alas, as we grew them in barrels and the soil from the barrels has been chucked back into the garden. I doubt we'll see any more seedlings come up. :(
I don't know, Dave. Either forget me not variety is a pretty aggressive seeder... you may still see more! Maybe I should send you some seeds of each kind and we can start the experiment all over again!
Okay, here are a couple representative photos with foliage for Dave to review and recall:
Only Dave (and Trish) can tell us for sure. But I'm still leaning toward Myosotis for the following reasons:
1) the Cynoglossum seem to have a protruding, button-shaped center, which is distinctive;
2) The foliage between these two is very different (and if I said the plant was a FMN, I was most definitely referring to Myosotis, because that's what I was growing at about the same time; I'm not sure I would have been so quick to pipe up with an opinion if the plant had this other foliage); and
3) Dave said he sowed these last fall and they were blooming in April. Cynoglossums are more of an annual (yes?) and I don't know if they would have fared well with being sown in the fall, nor would they have been blooming that early.
Of course, only Dave and/or Trish can tell us for sure, assuming they recall the details :)
Ok, Go_vols. I think that the lack of white around the center is bothering me, but if I disregard that and compare it to this pic, I can concede that could be myosotis sylvatica: http://www.earthlygoods.com/wildflowers/forget_me_not.html
Here's a pic that shows more of the plant itself, in case Dave can recall his plant: http://www.grzyby.pl/rosliny/gatunki/Myosotis_sylvatica.htm
And of course, here is our own PDB page: http://plantsdatabase.com/go/233/
Here is a picture of Cynoglossum amabile: http://www.humeseeds.com/cynglsm.htm
As you can see, the centers are blue. C. amabile is also in our own PDB: http://plantsdatabase.com/go/258.html This is a good closeup: http://plantsdatabase.com/showpicture/4307/
I'm always shaking my head about these forget-me-nots. I have at least two varieties in my yard... the M. sylvatica and a wild variety, M. palustris. Though M. alpestris is our State Flower, I have to tell you, I'm not familiar with it. The common name for Cynoglossum is "Chinese Forget-me-not" so it gets confusing. I can see why our English compadres get so impatient with our "pet names".
Your point about the seeds being sown in the fall could be a clue, but in the proper climate, C. amabile is an avid self-seeder, so sowing seeds in the fall would be fine. I assume Dave's winters aren't too severe.