Myosotidium hortensia - Chatham Island Forget-Me-Not
Myosotidium hortensia: The Enchanting Chatham Island Forget-Me-Not
Behold the Myosotidium hortensia, a captivating evergreen perennial boasting dramatic foliage and stunning blooms. Nicknamed the Chatham Island Forget-Me-Not, this New Zealand native enchants gardeners with its unique charm.
Lush Leaves: Imagine glossy, emerald-green leaves, up to 30cm long, adorned with prominent veins and playful waves along the edges. These form a captivating base for the star of the show.
Breathtaking Blooms: In late spring and early summer, clusters of vibrant blue, forget-me-not-like flowers emerge. Each blossom, roughly 1cm across, boasts an open bell shape and sometimes even flaunts white-edged lobes, adding a touch of whimsy.
Clump-Forming Habit: As it matures, this perennial forms a graceful clump, reaching a height and spread of 0.5 to 1 meter. It serves as a mesmerizing focal point in gardens, particularly suited for coastal or woodland settings.
Light: Partial to full shade is ideal. While it tolerates some sun, dappled light offers optimal conditions.
Soil: Well-drained, fertile soil is key. Consider enriching it with humus and adding grit for extra drainage. Mimic its coastal origins with a seaweed mulch during active growth.
Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during dry spells. Avoid overwatering, as soggy conditions can invite trouble.
Feeding: A light feeding in spring with a balanced fertilizer can boost growth and flowering.
Hardiness: Half-hardy, it can withstand light frosts but benefits from protection in colder regions. If winters are harsh, consider growing it in a greenhouse.
Propagation: Sow seeds under glass in autumn or divide established plants in spring for new additions.
Deadhead spent flowers to encourage further blooming.
Watch out for slugs and snails, particularly young plants, and employ eco-friendly deterrents if needed.
Enjoy the vibrant blue hues, the captivating foliage, and the undeniable charm of this unique gem!
Young plant supplied in a 1 ltr pot
Remember, with a little TLC and the right environment, your Myosotidium hortensia will flourish, adding a touch of magic to your garden for years to come. So, why not embrace this enchanting piece of New Zealand and witness its beauty unfold?
Medium plant 40 to 50cm in 1ltr pot
( Main photo source - Myosotidium hortensia - Chatham Island Forget-me-not growing in Christchurch Botanic gardens)