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Borage is a useful annual herb with pretty, blue, star-shaped flowers and rough, hairy leaves. Pollinators are drawn to it like a magnet. Borage is known to yield an oil that can be taken orally as well as applied topically to promote healthy skin, joints, and the immune system. 

Borage, which has a flavour that is reminiscent of cucumber in a subdued way, is an excellent way to improve the flavour of salads. Any dish can benefit from the addition of a touch of depth because of its delicate texture, which goes wonderfully with light vinaigrettes and creamy dressings.

Seed Quantity 100 Seeds

Type Edible Herb

Genus Borago officinalis

Sow Seeds Sow April to May. Germinates best at over 15℃.  Sow thinly 6mm deep into drills and cover with soil.  Likes raked well-drained soil and full sun.

Plant Out When large enough to handle, thin to 25cm apart, Water regularly

Flowers Summer - early Autumn

Height & Spread 90cm high x 30cm spread


RHS Plants for Pollinators.

The RHS Plants for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects.

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    Close-up of a vibrant blue borage flower amidst purple blooms
    Borage plant attracting pollinators in a garden
    Detailed view of borage flowers with blue petals
    Flowerbed featuring borage with blue and purple blossoms
    Wooden fence bordering a garden of blue borage and purple flowers
    Blue borage bloom surrounded by green foliage
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