Common Borage, Borage Borago officinalis

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Botanical Name:

Borago officinalis

Family:

Boraginaceae

Genus:

Borago

Species:

officinalis

Common Name:

Common Borage, Borage

Height:
10-12 inches

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  • Borago officinalis

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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: none required.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: sow seed 1/16" deep, tamp the soil, lightly mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* Borage , also known as starflower is an annual herb originating in Syria , but naturalized throughout the Mediterranean region, as well as Asia Minor, Europe, North Africa, and South America.
* The plant is also commercially cultivated for borage seed oil extracted from its seeds
* They can be used as a pot-herb or be added to salads. They are also added whole as a flavouring to various drinks such as Pimms and wine-based drinks. The leaves are rich in potassium and calcium, they have a salty cucumber flavour.
* In milder climates, borage will bloom continuously for most of the year.
* For starting seeds indoors plan about 3-4 weeks prior to the last frost then plant outdoors. This annual will self-seed . If you remember to so to remove the dead parts to keep it blooming through the summer months. more...
* An edible blue dye can be obtained from the flowers. It is used to colour vinegar.
*   Borago flowers have five narrow, triangular-pointed petals. Flowers are most often blue, although pink flowers are sometimes observed. White flowered types are also cultivated. more...
* The flowers are rich in a sweet nectar and are very attractive to bees.
* The growing plant is a good companion for strawberries, tomatoes, courgettes and most other plants. It is said to deter Japanese beetle and tomato hornworms. more...
Usda description:
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