Please identify this plant for me
May 3, 2011 8:56 AM   Subscribe

What flower / plant is this? The photo lightens the flowers; in real life they are dark, kind of electric cobalt.
posted by everichon to Home & Garden (10 answers total)
Looks like forget-me-nots.
posted by likeso at 8:59 AM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]

definitely forget-me-nots
posted by slow graffiti at 9:02 AM on May 3, 2011

Yes they do! Thank you!
posted by everichon at 9:02 AM on May 3, 2011

Yet the greenery and stalks look more like hydrangia.. (And given the vast number of hydrangia cultivars, the flowers could very well be..)
posted by k5.user at 9:08 AM on May 3, 2011

The flowers sure look like forget-me-nots, but f-m-ns have smooth, narrow leaves, so I agree with k5 that they seem to be growing amidst a patch of hydrangea leaves.... which might mean that the flowers are actually brunnera. Brunnera have forget-like flowers and hydrangea-like leaves.
posted by pseudostrabismus at 10:09 AM on May 3, 2011

The leaves remind me of lantana, as do the flower shapes.
posted by jquinby at 10:24 AM on May 3, 2011

I will have to go back and look carefully into the brunnera possibility.
posted by everichon at 11:49 AM on May 3, 2011

It's Brunnera macrophylla, in the same family (Boraginaceae) as Myosotis "forget-me-not". The specific epithet macrophylla refers to the big heart-shaped leaves.
posted by oneirodynia at 7:16 PM on May 3, 2011 [2 favorites]

Resembles lace-cap hydrangea to me. If that's the case, be aware that the color of hydrangea is highly influenced by the soil it's grown in -- so it might be blue in the container at the store but be pink the next season from the soil in your yard.
posted by MeiraV at 6:00 AM on May 4, 2011

Oh cool, I didn't know forget-me-nots had such a good impostor. I'm pretty sure the giant leaf kind are the only ones I've ever actually seen, oddly.
posted by slow graffiti at 6:59 AM on May 4, 2011

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