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Genus Borago (Borage)

Borago Borago officinalis Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
bor-AY-go Common Name: Borage
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 cultivars for genus Borago

Borago officinalis Borago officinalis
(Borage, Cool-tankard, Talewort)
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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.