Borage (Borago officinalis)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Plant Height: 20 to 40 inches (50-100 cm)
Plant Spread: 16 to 28 inches (40-70 cm)
Leaves: Fragrant
Other: can irritate skin
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Other: edible, used in ice cubes
Flower Color: Blue
Pink
White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Flowers
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Si (Silicon)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide darkness
Depth to plant seed: max. 1 cm
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Pollinators: Bumblebees
Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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March 22, 2013

Maybe you've been considering the addition of edibles to your garden, but you aren't willing to give up the beauty that only flowers can provide. The solution: Grow edible flowers! This list of edible flowers can easily be grown in your garden. In fact, some of them might already be growing there.

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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 30th April 2008
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Location: Cedarhome, WashingtonDate: 2009-08-12#Pollination
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5Date: 2011-10-18Close-up of newly opened pink bloom.
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 1st July 2010
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Location: Aquitania (France)Date: 2012-06-04
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Courtesy Sustainable Seed Company
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2015-07-24Thanks Chelle for the seedlings!
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Location: La Crescenta, CADate: 2017-05-24
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: Early Summer
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-08-27Intermingled with squash plants.
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Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - near Lake Ontario, zone 6aDate: 2013-06-30
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Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - near Lake Ontario, zone 6aDate: 2010 spring
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Location: Denver, ColoradoDate: JuneBeautiful blue flowers appear to always turn away from the sun. T
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: Sep 28, 2011 1:19 PM
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: Sep 28, 2011 1:19 PM
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Date: 2008-02-29
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Location: Aquitania (France)Date: 2012-06-04
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Location: Aquitania (France)Date: 2012-06-04
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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2013-06-11
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Location: Denver, ColoradoDate: JuneAs the sun descends, the tiny hairs on this herb almost glow with
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2015-07-21First year plants. Seedlings from Chelle! Taken in the morning.
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Location: Vista, CADate: March
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Location: Sherwood Oregon Date: 2016-07-26
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Location: my garden Date: 2017-05-15
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana GardenDate: Summer
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2011-10-25
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Location: Aquitania (France)Date: 2012-06-04
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-07-07
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Courtesy Seeds of Victoria
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Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - near Lake Ontario, zone 6aDate: 2013-06-23
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Date: 2015-05-30
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Location: Indiana zone 5Date: 2015-06-15
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2015-07-21First year plants. Seedlings from Chelle! Taken in the morning.
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Location: ILDate: 2014-07-06
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Location: Vista, CADate: June
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Location: La Crescenta, CADate: 2017-04-28
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Location: My Cincinnati Ohio gardenDate: July 3, 2014Borage growing near tomatoes
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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Mar 25, 2012 4:18 PM

Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees. Honey produced from this nectar is light amber in color.

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Posted by Ispahan (Chicago - Zone 6a) on Jun 30, 2012 8:03 PM

One of my favorite plants to grow for bees and other pollinators. I love the fuzzy foliage and intense blue of the flowers. I hope this plant reseeds for years to come.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 17, 2012 8:05 AM

An added advantage of planting borage is that Painted Lady Butterfly (Vanessa cardui) caterpillars love it.

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Posted by Bonehead (PNW - Zone 8b) on Sep 29, 2013 11:43 AM

Beautiful true blue flower, bee magnet. Self-sows freely. Dip blossoms in egg white then sugar and let dry, very pretty for cake decorations.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 23, 2014 6:54 AM

Borage (Borago officinalis) is a larval host plant for the Painted Lady Butterfly. A native of the Mediterranean, its leaves are cultivated for borage seed oil, which has a variety of medicinal uses.

In addition to attracting bees to the garden, Borage is a larval host plant for lacewings, a beneficial insect that feeds on aphids, mealybugs, thrips, small caterpillars, mites, moth eggs, and some scales.

Besides lacewings, Borage attracts other beneficial insects to the garden, including spiders, damsel bugs, ground beetles, and parasitoid wasps. These beneficial insects consume many garden pests, such as leafhoppers, treehoppers, armyworms, codling moths, European corn borer, flies, gypsy moths, cabbageworms, asparagus beetles, Colorado potato beetles, cutworms, squash vine borers, tobacco budworms, and many other small caterpillars.

Borage also reportedly helps to repel tomato worms.

Its ability to attract beneficial insects makes Borage an excellent companion plant in the garden.

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Posted by canadanna (North Texas - Zone 8a) on Apr 29, 2012 11:34 AM

It is supposed to go well with tomatoes.

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Posted by zuzu (Northern California - Zone 9a) on Feb 7, 2014 7:07 PM

Borage reseeds so generously that it comes up reliably in every part of my garden. Fortunately, it's easy to pull out of the spots where it isn't desired. It serves as a veritable magnet for the bees, and I appreciate and make good use of this feature, allowing it to grow undisturbed at some distance away from my fussier plants, which I can then tend to my heart's content without disturbing any bees.

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Posted by RavenCroft (Central NY - Zone 5a) on Jan 20, 2014 5:57 PM

While many tout the bee attracting blooms of Borage, the leaves are tasty to humans, & wonderful in salads. They have a cucumber taste to them. I love the vivid blue color of the flowers, & I also love to see where it will pop up next. Borage is a free roamer here. :-)

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Plant Events from our members
piksihk On May 15, 2017 Bloomed
piksihk On March 1, 2017 Plant emerged
several seedlings/self-sowed
piksihk On June 6, 2016 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
two got root rot - too much rain!!!
piksihk On April 18, 2016 Bloomed
Westgate one is blooming
piksihk On March 26, 2016 Transplanted
2 plants HW; 1 at WG
piksihk On March 12, 2016 Obtained plant
3 plants-
piksihk On November 7, 2015 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
piksihk On April 15, 2015 Seeds sown
wet towel & baggie
piksihk On February 1, 2015 Seeds germinated
piksihk On January 17, 2015 Seeds sown
piksihk On January 7, 2015 Obtained plant
Catmint20906 On June 20, 2015 Bloomed
Catmint20906 On May 31, 2015 Seeds sown
vbprog On April 19, 2015 Transplanted
To a bigger pot.
vbprog On April 9, 2015 Plant emerged
vbprog On April 2, 2015 Seeds sown
lovesblooms On March 18, 2016 Seeds germinated
lovesblooms On March 7, 2016 Seeds sown
winter sown
lovesblooms On January 29, 2015 Seeds sown
winter sown
flaflwrgrl On April 15, 2015 Seeds germinated
At least the ones down by the gate germinated. Haven't looked at the others today.
flaflwrgrl On March 27, 2015 Seeds sown
Direct sown.
flaflwrgrl On March 27, 2015 Seeds sown
Direct sown.
thomas From February 20, 2017 to March 31, 2017 Bloomed
thomas On March 19, 2016 Transplanted
thomas From February 15, 2016 to February 19, 2016 Seeds germinated
container seeds sprouted first
thomas From February 6, 2016 to February 7, 2016 Seeds sown
Both in containers and in the ground.
LizDTM On September 25, 2017 Seeds sown
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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'Borage & the Bee'...... by wcgypsy Jun 6, 2013 7:16 AM 0
Yay! by chelle Jul 25, 2015 6:37 PM 1
pollinator plants by Trish Jun 22, 2017 2:44 PM 7
ID this? by RaesijO080 Apr 21, 2017 5:40 PM 3
WANTED: Bee forage seeds by TomPNW Jul 14, 2017 3:59 PM 16
Garden Chat and Photos by Catmint20906 Jan 2, 2016 11:47 AM 3,043
New data field: Dynamic Accumulators by dave Jul 28, 2014 9:00 PM 3
Threats to Honey Bees by Mindy03 Mar 14, 2014 9:12 AM 6
Fall/ winter plants by sheryl Dec 18, 2011 10:49 AM 110

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