Durango BOtanical Society

Building Public Gardens Committed to Demonstration and Education


Docents do more than help in the garden, conduct tours, help with our events and represent DBS in our community. Sometimes they write and take some awesome pictures.

Valentine’s Day Folklore

By DBS board member and docent Theresa Anderson.

If you are reading this you must love gardening or maybe you are a lover of gardens. Either way, the more you know about plants and flowers, the more you want to know.  We chose one of our favorite Plant Select plants to highlight for you on Valentine’s Day:   Cape-Forget-Me Not.

The Cape-Forget-Me-Not makes a wonderful addition to a crevice garden or a rock garden.

There are many legends surrounding this most loved flower regarding how the flower got its name.  In Victorian Days, ladies wore them as a sign of their enduring love, maybe because of the romantic legend that hails back to medieval times.

A German Knight and his lady-love were enjoying a picnic by the side of a steep bank overlooking a swift running stream.  They spotted some beautiful blue flowers growing along the stream’s bank.  The knight descended the steep bank and as he was picking some of the flowers a flash flood suddenly arose.  As the waters carried him away he tossed the flowers on the bank for his lady-love and called out to her, “forget-me-not!"

The Cape-Forget-Me-Not, Anchusa capensis, grows in full sun to partial shade and is hardy in zones 5-10 (up to 5,000’).  The trim evergreen rosettes produce a bounty of dazzling cobalt-blue flowers with fetching white eyes from May to October.  It is suitable for many border situations and will naturalize with a moderate self-sowing habit.

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