Herbal 101: Borage


Borage (Borago officinalis)

Sun: Full Sun to Part Shade

Cultivate: Sow seeds directly in the ground after the last chance of frost has passed or start seeds indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost. Do not allow the plants to become root-bound. Stagger planting for continued bloom!

Harvest and Uses: Borage is used multiple ways, which will influence your harvesting. Borage flowers and leaves can be added to a salad, but sparingly (they can be a mild laxative). They are said to have a mild cucumber flavor. The flowers and leaves can be used for medicinal purposes. On top of that, Borage is extremely important for honey bees. If you want to attract honey bees to your garden, plant Borage. They are easily seen in the ultraviolet spectrum (which bees perceive) and are very attractive to the bees. Borage is also considered a good companion plant because it is said to deter tomato hornworms.

Preservation: Use fresh plants for your projects. Plants will go easily to seed and the seeds can be saved in cold storage. They can also be allowed to self-seed and will easily return the next year.

Other Varieties: If other varieties of Borage exist, I cannot find them.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. gaiainaction says:

    Mine come up in the garden without ever having to sow them, they are a lovely plant, very large though for my small garden so I keep it usually to one or two plants. Thanks for the information, and beautiful photo!

    1. Thank you for reading! I can’t wait to grow my own this year!

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