Genus: Borage Borago Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais Borage (Borago) bor-AY-go 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. Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Borago 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Borage Borago officinalis View the discussion thread.