Borage is an old fashioned plant that can get up to 2 ft. or more. Growing Borage provides the gardener with cucumber-flavored leaves for tea and other beverages as well as bright starry blue flowers for decorating salads. All parts of the plant, except the roots, are flavorful and have culinary or medicinal uses. Borage has been used as a tonic for the adrenal glands, it provides an invaluable support for a hectic lifestyle. Borage is also rich in minerals, especially potassium. It has been said that a tea made with Borage helps to reduce fevers and ease chest colds. Borage is an excellent all around companion plant. Borage deters tomato hornworm and cabbage worms, and is particularly good planted near Strawberries. Very attractive to pollinators, and excellent for the soil and compost. Borage is deer-proof.
Borage has bright, blue, star-shaped flowers that grow in a blue profusion all summer attracting honey bees. The flavor of Borage leaves resembles that of a Cucumber. The flowers and leaves are used to garnish salads, dips, and soups.
Height: 20-24 in.
Days to Maturity: 80
Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade