Myosotis verna early scorpion-grass; spring forget-me-not Boraginaceae MYVE; Bx, pb (DeCandido 2001);

 

Myosotis verna.www.illinoiswildflowers.info

Myosotis verna.John Hilty.www.illinoiswildflowers.info. (Accessed 4/2014).

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. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Rocky, upland woods, fields.