Also known as Chinese Forget-Me-Not or Hound’s Tongue, this variety bears maSeed Savers Exchanges of small star-shaped powdery-blue blooms contrast nicely with deep grey-green foliage. A good cut flower and an eye-catching addition to borders. Introduced by the German company Ernst Benary; received an AAS in 1939.
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors 1/4" deep. Transplant outdoors in late spring after the danger of frost has passed. Can also be directly sown outdoors several weeks before the last frost. Plants self-seed readily.
- Start Indoors: 6-8 weeks before last frost
- Germination: 5-10 Days
- Plant Outdoors: 10-12” Apart
- Light: Sun/Partial Shade
Ratings & Reviews
Grow Quickly, My Deer Hate Them
These flowers are not as dainty as the usual forget-me-nots that you'd see in the wild. This variety is more substantial, has thicker stems, and the color is a deeper shade of blue. Nonetheless, they are lovely flowers. They did well in my garden, and the deer in my area HATED them. I once saw one try to take a chomp and immediately dropped it. Deer are a huge problem in my garden, so the fact this was one less plant to worry about was a win for me.
Garden Type: In-Ground Garden Bed
A Great Addition to Any Flower Bed
This has been a spectacular flower that doesn't disappoint. Not only do they bloom for weeks and weeks during the summer, but the honey bees love them which is a bonus! They also reseeded the following spring and were just as prolific as the first year. I will always have these in my flower bed.
I have kept the common forget-me-nots for years and this hounds tongue just appeared this year, away from the forget-me-nots. I didn’t plant it, probably seed deposited by birds. I love it. Really did well and I’ll see that I always have it. I wonder if it can cross-pollinate.
Great germination + usually reseed
Wirh Minnesota's short growing season, I find starting indoors doesn't always work. I direct sowed these in 2021 with great results. Expect them to reseed as usual in 2022. Nice whispy addition to fliwer arrangement.