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Borage

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Borago officinalis

Decorative blue flowers and tasty to eat

Borage is an interesting herb with rosettes of large, coarsely textured dark green leaves. From summer through to autumn it has attractive star-like blue flowers that bees love. The young leaves and flowers taste a little like cucumber.

Where?

At home in a flower bed or veg patch, in sun or part shade.

How?

Best in a fertile well drained soil.

The flowers are an attractive garnish for salads, and can be frozen inside ice cubes to drop into cold drinks.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Annual, Herb
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 75 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Choose a container, with drainage holes at least twice the size of the one the plant is currently growing in. Place stones, broken up flowerpots or polystyrene in a thin layer over the holes to help with drainage. Place a layer of multi-purpose compost on top. Remove the pot and position the plant so the top of the rootball sits 2.5cm below the rim of the pot. Fill around the rootball with compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered especially through dry spells.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - June

Typically available

From March to September