Myosotis scorpioides is a perennial herb to 60 cm tall, roots fibrous, stem angled, often creeping at base, producing long creeping stems (stolons), finely hairy.
Leaves alternate, 2.5-8 cm long, 0.7-2 cm wide, the lower ones widest above middle (oblanceolate), upper leaves elliptic to lance-shaped.
Flowers blue with a yellow eye, tubular, petal lobes spreading, 0.5-1 cm wide across top; calyx hairy 0.3-0.5 cm long, lobes equal to or shorter than tube, flower stalk (pedicels) as long or slightly longer than calyx.
Fruit dry, 4 nutlets, in old calyx; style in fruit as long or longer than nutlets; blooms and fruits May-Sept.
Wetland status: OBL.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Habitat: Wet soil, pH 5.5-7.5, shallow water.