Plant of the day: forget me not

I try to keep these posts seasonal, and write about flowers that people are likely to see right now. But this sight was strange enough that I’m going to break this rule.

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Forget me nots (Myosotis latifolia) are common little weeds in the springtime. Cheerful blue flowers tend to grow in dense patches along moist stream banks and woodland clearings. Though not native to California, the plant has naturalized here and now is ubiquitous. Luckily it doesn’t cause too much ecological damage–as far as I know!

A few days ago hiking along the Arroyo Hondo in Bolinas, I saw several forget-me-nots in bloom. True, it’s shady there, along a canyon with a deep canopy of pepperwood and other trees. But still–I haven’t seen any of these plants for months, and they aren’t due to start blooming again until february. It’s a good reminder that even though there are general patterns to when things blossom, in the end each individual still marches to its own drummer. And there are always outliers…

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One response to “Plant of the day: forget me not

  1. A little cheer for those outliers, they keep us on our toes. 🙂

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