Etymology: Myosotis: from mys for "mouse" and ous for "ear," referring to short, soft leaves of some species
Plants: erect, annual/perennial, 4"-16" tall, aquatic forb; stems not creeping, hairy, slender and often with a relaxed, curved base
Leaves: alternate, stalkless, hairy
Flowers: blue with a yellow center, 5-parted, 1/8"-1/4" wide, calyx with flat, tight hairs, its lobes about as long as the tube; inflorescence a terminal, curving, branched cluster (cyme); blooms May-Sept.
Fruits: smooth, shiny nutlet on spreading stalks
Habitat: shallow water
Conservation Status: Special Concern
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 9, Wetland Indicator = OBL WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions