(Borago officinalis) Annual. An exquisite, easy to grow, versatile herb. Borage, which originated in Aleppo, has bright blue, star-shaped flowers that bloom all summer.
Borage is an absolute favorite of honeybees. If you’re one of the many people interested in bee-friendly gardening and helping the honeybee population, this is a perfect plant to add.
It’s also an edible flower with cucumber flavored leaves and blooms. Delicious when added to salads or refreshing summer drinks. The blossoms make beautiful garnishes or can be candied.
Borage has also been used medicinally for its diuretic, expectorant and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used to reduce fevers and as a tonic for the adrenal glands during times of stress.
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Sow outside 1-2 weeks before average last frost, or any time in mild climates.
Easy to grow from seed.
Borage does well in ordinary soil.
Can be propagated, but grows easily from seed and often reseeds itself very well.
Harvest leaves when young as older leaves become tough and prickly. Flowers can be harvested anytime.
Borage is a benefical companion to many plants as it increases their resistance to disease and pests and enhances the flavor of many crops, especially tomatoes and strawberries. Works well as a deterrent of tomato hornworms and cabbage worms. A favorite for honeybees.
Plant with tomatoes, squash, strawberries.