Forget-me-nots or Myosotis (from the Greek: “mouse’s ear”, after the leaf) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Boraginaceae and are biennial or short-lived perennials that self-seed to come back for many years.There are approximately 200 species in the genus, with much variation. They bloom in spring. Many Myosotis species are endemic to New Zealand, although it is likely that the genus originated in the Northern Hemisphere.
Other names: True Forget-me-not, Scorpion Weed, Love-me, Marsh Scorpion Grass, Mouse-Ear Scorpion Grass, Snake Grass.
Uses: Forget Me Nots are used for ornamental purposes and grown in many gardens together with other plants. Forget-me-not is a herb. The whole plant is used to make medicine. It is said to treat lung problems and nosebleeds but its use is not advised.
Meaning: Myosotis alpestris is the state flower of Alaska. In the Victorian language of flowers, the Forget-Me-Not flower was interpreted as meaning faithful or true love; the Forget-Me-Not was also exchanged between Lady Chatterley and her lover in D.H. Lawrence’s novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover. It is also said that in 15th century Germany, the Forget-Me-Not was worn by one lover in recognition of not forgetting the other.
In legend: There are many myths and legends attached to the naming of the Forget-Me-Not flower; a German legend refers to the small, yet unnamed plant who cried out to God, “Forget me not, Lord!”. However, the most romantic legend as to how the Forget-Me-Not gained its name is a medieval legend.
A knight was said to be choosing some flowers for his sweetheart, who was walking with him, when he fell into the river, due to the weight of his armor; the knight is said to have thrown the blue flowers to his sweetheart on the river bank crying, “Forget-Me-Not”.