Myosotis laxa is an annual to short-lived perennial herb, 10-40 cm tall or long, stems slender, often bent near base, rooting at nodes.
Leaves alternate,1.5-9 cm long, to 2 cm wide, the lower ones spatula-shaped, upper leaves elliptic to lance-shaped.
Flowers blue with yellow eye, tubular, 0.2-0.5 cm wide across top, calyx hairy 0.3-0.5 cm, lobes as long as tube, flower stalk (pedicel) longer than calyx; style shorter than fruit (Radford et al. 1968; Newcomb 1977); inflorescence uncoiling as flowers develop, of loosely flowered, one-sided spikes (racemes) at top of plant, lower flowers with leafy bracts.
Fruit dry, four nutlets, encased in old calyx; blooms May-Sept.
Wetland status: OBL.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Habitat: Wet soil, shallow water, swamps, stream sides (Hough 1983).