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Borage (Borago officinalis)

flowering borage
Photo: Ansel Oommen, 


Borage is a decorative annual with coarse, very hairy leaves and stems and beautiful sky-blue flowers in a star shape. The plant grows about 2-3 feet tall.


Borage is easily grown from seed and will readily reseed itself. This plant does best in dry, sunny places. Although it is difficult to transplant, you can stretch out the harvest by sowing three times at 4-week intervals. Spacing: 18" between rows and 12" between plants. 

Harvesting: Pick blossoms as they open. Use leaves fresh anytime; they are seldom dried.


Sprays of borage flowers and leaves are used to give a cool, cucumber-like flavor to summer drinks. Pollinators are attracted to the borage plant. Plant near a vegetable garden to draw pollinating insects to your garden.

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