- Approximate height: 15cm (6 inches)
- Recommended water depth over crown of plant: 0 - 7cm (0 - 3 inches)
- Flowering time: May to September
- Flower colour: Blue
- Supplied in the 9cm pot we grow them in - for best results we recommend potting on using a 1 litre pot
'Mermaid' is a cultivar of the native British water forget-me-not. It is an improvement on the wild plant in several ways - it has larger blooms and larger, more sturdy, semi-bullate leaves, attractively ruffled and often tinged with pink. It also has shorter and thicker stems, giving a more compact and pleasing growth habit. (The wild plant is very leggy). It flowers freely all summer long and is easy to grow, giving a reliable display of small blue flowers. These blooms are sterile, so it also does not seed everywhere as the wild plant does. Probably because of its larger flowers and foliage it seems more attractive to bees than the wild plant is (although sadly it is also more attractive to less desirable wildlife such as caterpillars and aphids - if these are a problem, temporarily submerging the plant under the water will cause them to leave).
It has a tendency for the lower leaves to go yellow; cut old stems back to the base regularly throughout the season, as this will help to keep the foliage compact and fresh, and new blooms forming. Do not cut it back at the end of the season though, as new shoots will spring along the length of the old stems in spring.
If designing a planting scheme, we recommend approximately 4 Myosotis scorpioides 'Mermaid' plants per square foot of ground, or 2 plants per linear foot of pond edge. Read more here on how to pot and care for your plant.