Chinese Forget-Me-Not

Cynoglossum amabile

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Cynoglossum (SIGH-no-gloss-um) (Info)
Species: amabile (a-MAH-bih-lee) (Info)



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


Not Applicable

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Dark Blue

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama

Midland City, Alabama

Arroyo Grande, California

Elk Grove, California

Long Beach, California

Denver, Colorado

Keystone Heights, Florida

Melbourne, Florida

Panama City, Florida

Snellville, Georgia

Macy, Indiana

Clearwater, Kansas

Derby, Kansas

Lexington, Kentucky

Jennings, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Berwick, Maine

Turners Falls, Massachusetts

Florence, Mississippi

Munsonville, New Hampshire

Jersey City, New Jersey

Raritan, New Jersey

Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio

Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania

Fort Worth, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Seadrift, Texas

Ogden, Utah

Burke, Virginia

Tacoma, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 10, 2021, 1merrie1 from Blacklick, OH wrote:

Please don't plant an invasive plant like Chinese forget me not, that is known to crowd out our own pollinator friendly plants. The Asian and European plants are decimating our land. Look at the Roadsides rife with Poison Hemlock, Wild Parsnip, Hogweed, Bradford pear, Poison Hemlock, and Kudzu. Plant the American cultivars! More gentle, just as beautiful. They usually won't invade and ruin your garden, as is typical in the exotics (from outside the country). Cynoglossum will take over. It just takes some asking or a phone call to the State University's Extension program to make sure you get a native.


On Aug 13, 2020, jtent303 from Denver, CO wrote:

Grows like crazy and has pretty blue flowers but the burrs it produces stick to socks, gloves, shoelaces and are next to impossible to pick off with out ruining what it’s stuck to. Pulled it all out!


On Mar 19, 2017, tiiuk from Baldwin, MD wrote:

Charmers. Little blue dots that look very sweet.

Should not be confused with the perennial or biennial Myosotis sylvatica, (also commonly called Forget-Me-Not) which is invasive.

This is Cynoglossum amabile.


On Mar 15, 2017, ladk from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

General Mills has been shipping these out in a free wildflower mix, all over North America. Is anyone else concerned about this?


On Jan 20, 2017, vireo1 from Jersey City, NJ wrote:

Folks, it pains me to hear about people still planting a non-native that others have already said is invasive. To promote this as good for the bees… well, that just doesn’t make sense, when there are so many native wildflowers that are just as desirable, if not better. In the long term, invasives can outcompete natives and then change ecosystems dramatically, as we’ve seen with Japanese knotweed and Japanese honeysuckle, just to name a couple that have invaded ecosystems and are wreaking havoc in the US. Obviously, the fact that one has to cut them out of animal hair and fur to extricate the ‘sticky’ seeds of this flower, means that the seeds are hitching a ride to wherever that animal goes (and that means, likely being dropped or scratched off in the woods). There’s no way to know what th... read more


On Jun 24, 2013, Dragynphyre from Raritan, NJ wrote:

The bees love it, which is a good thing because it's starting to crowd out other wildflowers in the bed. I will probably end up deadheading a good number before they go to seed in an attempt to control the numbers for next year. I like them, but not at the expense of more native species. The burr-like seeds stuck to everything I wore when I was cleaning out the bed last year.


On Mar 22, 2013, artsymom from Winston-Salem, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I would not plant this one again. It came in a wildflower mix (I believe from American Meadows), and while pretty, it has become very invasive in my part shade location, squeezing out everything else. When it goes to seed it turns into a mess because the seeds are sticky and easily stick to anything that passes by, including my pets, kids, etc., and the seeds are very hard to remove from clothing and fur!


On Aug 12, 2012, LMB_o from Vancouver,
Canada wrote:

This flower is easy to grow. I direct sowed it in my balcony flowerbox in the spring. The tiny flowers are a beautiful shade of blue. And this was the best surprise of all: If you like to assist the world's dwindling bee population, bees of all varieties LOVE these flowers. From sun-up to sundown, there's always at least one or two bees swaying on the tiny flowers. And they're all shapes, sizes and colouring (the bees that is...)


On Jan 7, 2010, kqcrna from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Pretty, dainty little flowers which wintersow well.



On Feb 1, 2007, lottadata from Turners Falls, MA wrote:

We have a rock outcropping behind our house with very thin soil which has been a challenge to landscape. It gets a bit more than part sun. It is so steep that soil washes away. My husband brought home some seeds for this plant from Home Depot last spring and threw them on the outcropping without telling me.

We ended up with many beautiful drifts of bright blue flowers that grew in little soil pockets and flowered from August through October. They looked entirely natural in the rocky setting. They did eventually turn into tiny burrs which was not a problem where they were growing as it is almost horizontal!

I'm curious to see what we'll get this year. Probably not much as the seeds would have gone down the rock face.

A great plant for a rocky c... read more


On Feb 5, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

These are very pretty, and will self-seed themselves freely. It wouldn't have been a problem, but for the fact that the seeds are like "beggar's lice" that stick to pants, socks, shoestrings . . . anything they can get a hold of. I got rid of the plant for that reason.


On Jul 23, 2005, Sheila_FW from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I was amazed at the brilliance of the tiny blue flowers; you can see them from 30 foot away. The group of four seeds (visable in the picture I posted) are a clingy and the plant makes loads of them to share.


On Apr 27, 2004, angelam from melbourne,
Australia wrote:

I admired this plant in a friend's garden. She pulled 3 out wrapped them in wet paper towel and gave them to me. All 3 survived, and flowered for many months. The colour is lovely. The seeds are hooked and even harder to disentangle than ordinary forget-me-nots. I let them self seed but keep them away from pets areas. They'll require cutting to get them out of fur.


On Mar 16, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

A profusion of tiny, azure-blue flowers cover the plant in spring. Will self-seed readily if not deadheaded. Plant in average, well-drained garden soil; provide adequate moisture. Successive plantings will ensure season-long color.

Should not be confused with the perennial or biennial Myosotis sylvatica, (also commonly called Forget-Me-Not)