I first fell in love with Forget-me-nots while growing up in Alaska. The wild native alpine forget-me-not grows well throughout the rugged state in open, rocky places along mountain trails. Other varieties also grow freely along the banks of marshy areas, creeks, and lakes. In 1917, it was named the Alaska state flower.
There are both native and non-native forget-me-nots in the Pacific Northwest, although, they all likely escaped domestic gardens and took root in optimal habitat. The scientific name for forget-me-nots, Myosotis, means mouse ears. We think the name aptly describes the shape and size of the soft petals.
Wherever we live, I always make sure we have a few clumps of forget-me-nots in our gardens. At our rural home in Camas, the dainty little blooms have just opened. They remind me of clear blue sky with a yellow dot of sun in the center. I generally plant them with red azaleas as the colors contrast beautifully. In another week or so, it’s going to be beautiful.