Myosotis (Greek: "mouse's ear", from leaf) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Boraginaceae that are commonly called Forget-me-nots.
There are approximately fifty species in the genus and many of them have small (1 cm diameter or less) rather flat, 5-petalled blue flowers growing profusely on straggly stems, flowering in spring. Color variation is somewhat frequent within species, and white or pink forms are common.
Forget-me-nots can be annual or perennial plants and prefer shade and humidity.
God named all the plants when a tiny unnamed one cried out, "Forget-me-not, O Lord!" God replied, "That shall be your name."
In another legend, the little flower cried out, "Forget-me-not!" as Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden.
In the United States, Myosotis alpestris is the state flower of Alaska.
The Alzheimer Society of Canada's symbol is the forget-me-not flower. The symbol represents memory loss - one of the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
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