Omphalodes verna

creeping forget-me-not

Outstanding Qualities

A charming woodland groundcover, creeping forget-me-not is as tough as it is beautiful. From late winter to early spring this perennial sends forth short clusters of true blue flowers reminiscent of the true forget-me-not for which it is named. Each brilliant, tiny flower is highlighted against fresh, spring-green leaves. Use creeping forget-me-not in a shady border to weave through shrubs and perennials. At VanDusen Botanical Garden, it forms a sea of blue underneath the flowering witchhazels in late February and March. It can also help to hide the fading foliage of spring bulbs and makes a great, non-competitive groundcover under rhododendrons and other shallow-rooted shrubs and trees. Creeping forget-me-not is wonderful on its own, in a huge drift. It can be combined with Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost', Helleborus argutifolius (CORSICAN HELLEBORE) and Japanese painted fern Athyrium niponicum var. pictum.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: gold, burgundy, bronze

Great Color Partners: dark green, blue, silver

Culture Notes

Plant this charming groundcover in light, open or dappled shade. It prefers a rich moist to well-drained soil and will tolerate sand and clay. Provide occasional watering during dry weather. In fall the faded leaves can be covered with a thin layer of mulch to provide a tidy appearance.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: semi-evergreen

Plant Height: 0 ft. 9 in. (0.23 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Flower Color: blue

Sun/Light Exposure: light, open, or dappled shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering