Borage

Borago officinalis

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Borage (Borago officinalis)
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Genus:  Borago

These fast-growing plants with succulent, bristly stems are old-fashioned favorites of the border or herb garden. They self sow to produce a succession throughout the season of new plants and blossoms. The beautiful flowers are edible and are particularly bequiling on salad or floating in summer drinks. 

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Starry, bright blue flowers with pointed black stigmas ringed in white, open from iridescent pendulous buds.

Care: 

Grow in well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.

Propagation: 

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

Problems: 

Powdery mildew.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Beneficial Bugs,
Attracts Butterflies,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Island Paradise
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Cottage Garden,
Herb Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant
Type
Annuals

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