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Omphalodes scorpioides
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: (unplaced)
Family: Boraginaceae
Subfamily: Boraginoideae
Genus: Omphalodes
Mill, 1754
Type species
Omphalodes verna

see species list

Omphalodes (navelwort) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Boraginaceae. Widely distributed in the temperate Northern Hemisphere. In spring they produce blue or white flowers similar to forget-me-nots.[1]

Both the Greek Omphalodes (navel-like) and the English "navelwort" refer to the shape of the seeds.[2]

O. verna and cultivars of O. cappadocica are grown in gardens for their blue flowers which in spring appear above the leaves in loose sprays. They are woodland plants, preferring some shade.

Close Relations[edit]

The genus Myosotidium is closely related to Omphalodes, although it's one species (Myosotidium hortensia or Chatham Islands forget-me-not) naturally occurs only on the Chatham Islands, off the coast of New Zealand.


  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1-4053-3296-4. 
  2. ^ Coombes, Allen J. (2012). The A to Z of plant names. USA: Timber Press. p. 312. ISBN 978-1-60469-196-2.