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Borago officinalis

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

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

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

ProblemsPowdery mildew.

  • Genus : Borago
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Type : Annuals
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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