A native of the Chatham Islands off New Zealand,
where it grows in the damp sand of the sea-coast.
In effect this plant resembles a glorified Myosotis,
with large leaves rising from the roots and winged
The plant had sometimes been known as Cynoglossum
nobile and is often called M. hortensis. Its leaves
are broad, semi-oval and six to nine inches long.
The leafy stems grow one to two feet high, bearing
at the top a flat-headed cluster up to eight inches
across of dark blue flowers, paling to white at
the edges and about half an inch across.
This is a fine plant for the milder counties,
where it will thrive in moist sandy soil, in cool,
damp, sheltered borders.
In more severe localities some protection in winter
is necessary. It is a sun lover, but thrives in
It is worthy of a position in the rock garden
Propagate from seed and grow the seedlings in
pots until they are planted out, afterwards leave
The flowering season is in early to mid-spring.
See Also : Myosotis