plant identification

Asked February 25, 2013, 7:10 PM EST

hi there, this plant popped up all over the place last summer, and has yet to flower. Is it a weed?

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

Hello, and thanks for asking about this plant. My flower garden is full of it, so I recognized it quickly: forget-me-not, Myosotis sylvatica. They will begin to bloom soon, usually about the time tulips do.
Some people consider them weeds because they reseed readily. I manage them by leaving a few in the fall for spring bloom. After they are mostly done blooming and the foliage is looking rough or has mildew, I find they pull out fairly easily. Leaving only a few plants to release seed gives me a nice crop of babies in late summer for the next spring's bloom.