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The Forget-me-nots are the genus Myosotis of flowering plants in the family Boraginaceae.
There are about 50 species in the genus, and among them is considerable variation. They are popular in gardens, and cultivated forms often show a mixture of colours.
Forget-me-nots can be annual or perennial plants. Their seeds are found in small, tulip shaped pods along the stem of the flower. The pods attach to clothing when brushed against and eventually fall off, leaving the seed to germinate elsewhere.
The name Forget-me-not, comes fron the French "ne m'oubliez pas" and first used in English in c.1532.
The forget-me-not is traditionally worn by Newfoundlanders on July 1st in remembrance of those who died during the First World War. July 1st was chosen because of the high number of casualties suffered by the Royal Newfoundland Regiment on 1st July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme.
Legend has it that in medieval times, a knight and his lady were walking along the side of a river. He picked a posy of flowers, but because of the weight of his armour he fell into the river. As he was drowning he threw the posy to his loved one and shouted "Forget-me-not". This is a flower connected with romance and tragic fate.
In the 15th century Germany, it was supposed that the wearers of the flower would not be forgotten by their lovers.
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Forget Me Nots