Look For It Now: Forget-me-nots

Like birds, flowers make their way into literature in all its forms. In one of my favorite poems, Longfellow’s “Evangeline,” the stars in the “meadows of heaven” were said to be “the forget-me-nots of the angels.”

“True” forget-me-nots (Myosotis scorpioides) — found growing wild in Vermont — have a small blue flower with a yellow center. The flowers grow in bunches, with the stems standing 6- to 24-inches high. They bloom May through October, and can be found stream-side or in other moist environments. Look for true forget-me-nots now. Photos by Meghan Oliver.


  1. Hilke Breder on June 7, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Nice post! Forget-me-nots bring me back to my childhood in Germany where I used to pick them along streams. The flower looks the same although the subspecies is different (Myositis palustris) The name has the same meaning in German and French as in English. It has a long history in literature, poems, fairy tales, songs….

  2. Meghan on June 9, 2010 at 3:08 pm

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  3. Meghan on June 9, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    What a nice memory, Hilke. Thanks for sharing.

    I love when bits of nature serve as symbols in literature. I am always amazed at how many bird references are found in book and song.

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