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The Enchanting Giant Forget-Me-Not: Myosotidium hortensia

Captivate your garden with the "Chatham Island Forget-Me-Not," a plant that defies expectations and steals the show. Myosotidium hortensia isn't your average forget-me-not. This New Zealand native boasts colossal, vibrant blue flowers that tower above its lush, heart-shaped foliage, creating a spectacle unlike any other.

Photo: Christchurch Botanical Gardens

A Burst of Azure Beauty:

Imagine clusters of sky-blue blooms, each resembling miniature forget-me-nots, but reaching diameters of 1cm. These beauties erupt from tall, leafy stalks, painting your garden with a mesmerizing display in late spring and early summer. Some varieties even flaunt mesmerizing white edges on their petals, adding an extra touch of elegance.

Beyond the Flowers:

While the flowers are undeniable stars, Myosotidium hortensia offers more than just fleeting beauty. Its evergreen, glossy leaves, adorned with prominent veins and wavy edges, provide year-round visual interest. This clump-forming perennial grows to a mature height of 0.5-1m, creating a dramatic presence in shady corners or alongside water features.

A Touch of the Exotic:

Hailing from the windswept shores of the Chatham Islands, Myosotidium hortensia thrives in cool, damp conditions. It prefers partial to full shade and moist, well-draining soil rich in organic matter. A coastal location or a position near a dripping tap offers an ideal microclimate for this unique plant.

Caring for Your Giant Friend:

While not the most demanding, Myosotidium hortensia appreciates consistent moisture and dislikes extremes of heat or drought. Mulching with seaweed and regularly feeding with a balanced fertilizer during the growing season helps it flourish. Keep an eye out for slugs, their favorite garden snack, and protect it from strong winds if necessary.

So, are you ready to be enchanted by the giant forget-me-not? With its captivating beauty and unique charm, Myosotidium hortensia is sure to leave a lasting impression on your garden and all who behold it.

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