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Eritrichium nanum (Arctic alpine forget-me-not)
Beckers, Eric

Eritrichium nanum

Eritrichium nanum (Vill.) Schrad. ex Gaudin

Arctic Alpine Forget-me-not, Alpine Forget-me-not

Boraginaceae (Borage Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

A low, cushion-like plant with deep blue flowers just above the tufted leaves.
Flowers: corolla funnel-shaped, about 1/4" (6 mm) wide, 5-lobed, with 5 yellow pads around the opening to the narrow tube.
Leaves: up to 1/2" (1.3 cm) long, lanceolate, c

The genus name comes from the Greek erion ("wool") and trichos ("hair"), referring to the hairs on the plants, which on Howard's Alpine Forget-me-not (E. howardii) of western Montana and northern Wyoming are so dense they usually hide


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AK , CO , ID , MT , NM , OR , UT , WA , WY
Native Distribution: Northern New Mexico to western Montana and northeastern Oregon; north to Alaska.
Native Habitat: Open rocky places high in the mountains.

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View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Eritrichium nanum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Eritrichium nanum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Eritrichium nanum


Record Modified: 2015-08-07
Research By: TWC Staff

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