Dec. 9, 2017

true forget-me-not, Myosotis scorpioides

Forget-me-not is the stuff of legends. Most of them are a little dismal, with dying lovers passing flowers to their lady. I best like the ancient Persian tale of an angel that falls for a maiden on a river shore. She's weaving the flowers into her hair. For his sin, he's kicked out of heaven. The couple can't return until they've wandered the earth, planting forget-me-not everywhere. In the end, they've done so well they are welcomed to heaven. The lady is allowed to enter without dying. We now know that the journey must have taken them millenia, and was only recently complete. A unique explanation for the modern range of this Eurasian. True forget-me-not grows in mud or shallow water in every state except FL, HI, IA, KS, ND, NE, OK, SC, and TX, and in BC, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, and YT, on SPM, and just about everywhere else. Lenawee Co MI, 5/28/11.