Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Myosotis arvensis
of the Borage family
an annual toperennial
10-40 cm high
blooms April-Octoberr
likes dry open places, fields, cultivated land
can be seen throughout the Park. This was between the Pond and Roman Bath-house.

This flower has long been associated with love. A German knight walking with his beloved leaned over a river bank to pick a bunch of flowers when he over-balanced and fell in. Weighed down by his heavy armour he drowned while imploring his lover Vergisz mein nicht - forget me not! In France it became ne m'obliez pas and aimez-moi (love me). During the Middle Ages a lover would wear the flower as a symbol of his/her fidelity.