Forget-me-not Facts

Forget-me-not Facts
Forget-me-not is herbaceous plant that belongs to the cynoglossum family. There are less than 100 species of forget-me-not, most of which originate from temperate parts of northern hemisphere. Forget-me-not grows on the moist soil, exposed to direct sunlight or in the partial shade. It can be found in the moist fields, forests, mountains and along the streams, on the altitude of 2.300 to 9.200 feet. People cultivate forget-me-not in ornamental purposes.
Interesting Forget-me-not Facts:
Forget-me-not is low-growing herbaceous plant that can reach 12 inches in height and width.
Forget-me-not has elliptical leaves with blunt tips. Leaves are grayish-green colored and covered with hairs. Most species of forget-me-not have sessile leaves (without petioles) that are arranged in the form of rosette at the base of the stem.
Forget-me-not produces blue flowers. Petals are covered with white markings from the inside. Center of the flower is yellow colored. Some varieties of forget-me-not produce white and yellow colored flowers. Flowers are initially arranged in rounded clusters on tightly coiled flowering stems. Clusters of flowers "become" elongated when flowering stems start to unfurl. Forget-me-not produces flowers with both types of reproductive organs (perfect flowers).
Forget-me-not blooms from June to September. Flowers emit pleasant scent, but only during the night (they are odorless during the day). Flowers attract bees, flies, moths and butterflies, main pollinators of these plants.
Fruit of forget-me-not is tulip-shaped pod filled with miniature seed.
Forget-me-not propagates via seed, cuttings and division of rhizome.
Scientific name of forget-me-not is "myosotis". Name originates from Greek language. It means "mouse's ears", and it refers to specific shape of leaves, which look like ears of this small rodent.
According to a German legend, "forget-me-not" was the last, unnamed plant, who shouted: "Forget-me-not, Lord", to remind God that it still does not have name. As an answer to this request, God named it by the last words that he heard: "forget-me-not".
Forget-me-not can be cultivated as ground cover in gardens, in pots and in rockeries.
Forget-me-not is often used in floristry for the preparation of various bouquets.
Forget-me-not contains substances that can be used in treatment of ocular disorders. Entire plant can be used for the preparation of lotion with astringent properties.
Forget-me-not is state flower of Alaska since 1949.
Forget-me-not is worn traditionally during the celebration of Remembrance Day (November 11th) in Labrador and Newfoundland, in remembrance to people died during the WWI. Main goal of National Forget-Me-Not Day, celebrated on November 10th, is to remember and solidify bonds with friends and family members that live away from us.
Forget-me-not is symbol of faithfulness, true love and remembrance.
Forget-me-not grows as annual (lifespan: one year) or perennial (lifespan: more than 2 years) plant, depending on the species and climate.

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