Genus: Borage

Borago

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Borage (Borago)
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Boranginaceae
These fast-growing plants with succulent, bristly stems are old-fashioned favorites of the border or herb garden. They self-sow throughout the season to produce a succession of new plants and blossoms. The beautiful flowers are edible and are particularly beguiling on salads or floating on summer drinks.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Starry flowers in dramatic shades of blue open from iridescent, pendulous buds.
Care:  Grow B. officinalis in well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade, and B. pygmaea in moist soil and partial shade.
Propagation: 

Direct sow in situ in spring or fall. Self-sows.

Problems: 

Powdery mildew.

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Borage
Borago officinalis