Myosotis verna is an annual or winter annual herb, 5-40 cm tall, stiffly erect, most parts bristly-hairy.
Leaves alternate, 1-5 cm long, 0.2-1 cm wide, lowest leaves narrow, widest above middle, stalked, becoming oblong, stalkless above.
Flowers white, 0.1-0.2 cm wide across top, not flat; calyx 0.4-0.7 cm in fruit, stiffly hairy, bilaterally symmetrical, three lobes shorter than the other two; inflorescence with leafy bract from base to middle (Radford et al. 1968).
Fruit dry, 4 nutlets 0.15 cm long, enclosed in old calyx, flower stalks shorter than calyx; blooms and fruits April-July.
Wetland status: FAC-.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Habitat: Rocky, upland woods, fields.