Do not forget me
The European tradition traces the meaning of this flower to an Austrian legend, according to which one day two lovers, while strolling along the Danube exchanging promises and tenderness, were fascinated by the large amount of blue flowers, which were carried by the current. The young man, in an attempt to collect some of these flowers for his beloved, was swallowed up by the waters, shouting "Never forget me!".
The value since then attributed to the flower is that of faithfulness and eternal love.
The flower commonly called "forget me not" (but also, in popular language, celestial talc, mouse ears or wild vanilla) belongs to the boraginaceae family and to the genus myosotis.
It is a rather large genus, comprising about 50 species of plants from Europe, Asia, Africa and some even from Australia and New Zealand. Even the subspecies are very numerous.
Variety Don't forget me
At the horticultural level, its annual-biennial version is the most widespread: it can be successfully used in flower beds, borders and rock gardens, but it can also be used as a pot plant.
It also finds uses as a cut flower, especially in natural compositions, as a primary element. It is highly appreciated for its particular color, for the abundance and duration of flowering and for the little care it requires.
For these uses some varieties have been selected, mainly of the hybrids deriving from myosotis sylvatica: in its spontaneous state it is a biennial plant, with bushy and compact habit, with thin, pointed, soft leaves and with a light hair. The inflorescences are composed of very small groups of bright blue flowers, with a yellow center, slightly scented. It is widespread throughout Europe, especially in forest habitats and with rich and slightly humid soils. It manages to flourish well and continuously from early spring until summer.