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Western Isles Wildflowers

Western Isles wildflowers is a collection of information about our Hebridean wildflowers including identification hints, traditional herbal uses and general plant lore.


Changing Forget-me-not

Myosotis discolor

Lus Midhe Caochlaidheach

Wildflowers - Changing Forget-me-not

Wildflowers - Changing Forget-me-not


This plant is called changing forget-me-not, because the flowers start off yellow or creamy-white and change to blue. Most of the forget-me-nots start off pink then change to blue. The flowers of this wildflower are tiny, only 2mm across.

The flowering season for changing forget-me-not is May to June.

All the forget-me-nots are attractive to bees, and as changing forget-me-not is one of the relatively few wildflowers about in spring it is a useful nectar source for early solitary bees.

The changing forget-me-not is found on dry, open sites on sandy soils like the machair and also on bare places.

In the Western Isles the forget me-not was magically associated with gaining wealth and protection from evil influences.

This plant is sometimes known as yellow forget-me-not.

We have water forget-me-not, creeping forget-me-not, tufted forget-me-not, common forget-me-not (field), and changing forget-me-not (yellow) growing in the Western Isles.


Photography © Frank Stark
South Lochs - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
16th May, 2007

Frank's web site of his nature photography

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