Height: 12" (30cm) Flowering Time: Summer Flower Colour: Blue, pink, white ____________________________________
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons) Superorder: Asteridae (Daisy Superorder) Order: Polemoniales (Jacob's Ladder Order) Family: Boraginaceae (Forget-me-Not Family) Genus: Cynoglossum (Hound's Tongue) Species: amabile (pleasant) ____________________________________
Cynoglossum amabile is an annual reaching around 12" in height, with dark greyish-green pointed leaves and rounded bright blue flowers in summer. Hybrids are also available with pink or white flowers.
Its common name is Chinese Forget-me-Not, but it is a much coarser plant with larger and brighter blue flowers than the Forget-me-Not we are familiar with. The seeds and seedpods are also more like those of our wild Cynoglossum officinale (Hound's Tongue), with the five large seeds covered in velcro-like hooks so that they will stick to animals or birds to be dispersed.
Harvesting and Growing from Seed:
Seed Pod There is no seedpod. The seeds are in a ring in the calyx.
Seed The seeds are large woody beige drops with a raised edge, covered in velcor-like hooks.
There are five seeds from each flower.
Seedling The seedling has large rounded seedleaves, followed by small, more pointed true leaves.
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