Thursday, April 19, 2007
Forget-me-Not (Myosotis sp.)
This group of plants is always the ultimate example of common names reflecting romantic floral legends. The famous story involves a German knight gathering blue flowers for his lady love along the banks of the Danube. He is said to have scurried down the bank to gather the flowers just as a “freshet” (flash flood) roared down the river. As he was swept away forever, he tossed the bouquet to his lady with three immortal words, “Forget me now.” Once a story and name like this is applied to a wildflower, it’s there forever.