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Myosotidium hortensia - Chatham Island Forget-Me-Not

Myosotidium hortensia - Chatham Island Forget-Me-Not


Myosotidium hortensia: The Enchanting Chatham Island Forget-Me-Not

Sold as small plant 30cm in 1 ltr pot.

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.

Cultivation Secrets:

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.

Bonus Tips:

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

Small plant 30cm in 1ltr pot

( Main photo source - Myosotidium hortensia - Chatham Island Forget-me-not growing in Christchurch Botanic gardens)

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