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Omphalodes verna

Omphalodes verna - blue-eyed Mary (creeping navelwort)

Omphalodes verna ©Jaakko

The blue-eyed Mary grows stolons that take root, and eventually the ground is covered with a dense leaf carpet. The leaves are heart-shaped. In spring, when the daffodils are blossoming, the leaves are dotted with small flowers of the truest blue. That is the time to go to the southeastern end of Alppiruusulaakso (Rhododendron valley) to admire the beauty of the blue-eyed Mary. The flowers resemble Forget-me-nots (Myosotis) but are slightly larger. The blue-eyed Mary belongs to the family Boraginaceae.

The blue-eyed Mary may sometimes be spotted at the edge of a forest, near a settlement. Somebody has thrown garden litter to the woods and a stolon of blue-eyed Mary has travelled along. It is worth rescuing the plant to the garden, where there are never too many blue flowers.


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