Borago officinalis
Bourrache officinale
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Tolerates poor soils and drought.
Up to 1.5 feet (50 cms)

Blooms in:

Summer - Zone 5

Bloom Colors:






A tall, attractive plant, often grown in flowerbeds. Bright blue star-shaped edible flowers. Grow in a sunny spot with well drained fertile soil.

Borage dies down in the winter, but probably you will not need to buy any more seeds as it self seeds quite vigorously and spreads around the garden. Luckily, it is so attractive that it adds to the general design.

Best grown in herb or wild gardens. Leaves may be used in cold drinks, salads or as cooked greens. Flowers serve as attractive garnishes.


Companion Plants

Companion Plants: Strawberry, tomatoes, zucchini/squash.

Care Checklist

Deters pests from many plants.

Start seeds indoors in peat pots or sow directly in garden beds in early spring. This annual will remain in the garden from year to year by self seeding.

More Information

Fresh vegetable or dried herb, Medicinal. Source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), Natural health product: traditional medicinal uses, Personal care products: skin creams.


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