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Photo: Borage

Borage
Photo: Borage
Photo: Borage

General description

This hardy annual grows to 30-75cm.

The flowers are sky blue (sometimes pink), five petaled stars with prominent black stamen tips nod downward in clusters at the tip of the stem.  The leaf is dark grey green, oval pointed, textured, covered with prickly white hairs. Cucumber scented juice when crushed.

Plant requirements

Grow in an open sunny position in light well drained soil.  Self seeds freely. 

Maintenance

Summer prune to keep tidy. Low maintenance.

Practical use

Decorative and Culinary. Sprinkle flowers in salads and as a garnish.  Crystallize for cake decorations.  Young leaves can be chopped finely in salads, yogurt, soft cheese, pickles and sandwiches.  Cook as spinach or with spinach.  Add to ravioli stuffing.  Borage has a high content of calcium, potassium and mineral salts.

Borage flowers attrack bees to gardens.  Plant near strawberries as they stimulate eachothers growth.

Properties

Height
50 - 90 cm
Color
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Soil type
Any
Sunlight
Full sun
Partial shade
Moisture
Well-drained
Hardiness
Hardy