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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.


Water Forget-me-not

Myosotis scorpiodes

Gaelic name: Cotharach

Western Isles Wildflowers : Water Forget-me-not

"I have attached a photograph of( myosotis scorpioides) water forget-me-not which is blooming just now at the edge of my pond. Larger flowers than m.arvensis "

Water forget-me-not flowers are about 1/4 inch across, common forget me-not flowers are only 1/8 to 3/16 inches across.

Water forget-me-not grows in damp meadows and stream margins, often the plant is semi-submerged.

This plant flowers May to August.

Some of the early-flowering cultivated varieties of forget-me-not are derived from this species, although most of the annual garden species come from the wood forget-me-not.


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

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.

Water forget-me-not is a native plant of the Western Isles.


Photography © Frank Stark
South Lochs - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
1st May, 2007

Frank's web site of his nature photography

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