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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Feb 6, 2010 5:17 PM CST
Said to be the plant of "courage"

Very easy, direct sow. Flowers are edible and a nice touch as a garnish.

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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Feb 10, 2010 12:49 PM CST
Borage reseeds itself quite happily here.
I plant a pot to keep near the tomatoes and it attracts the bees.
You are supposed to float the flowers in summer drinks.
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Feb 10, 2010 6:05 PM CST
It is a beautiful plant. We had some white borage show up quite unexpectedly at a demonstration herb bed I worked at. I have a feeling we will be pulling a lot of "volunteers" this year.
Name: Ted
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TedsFarms
Mar 10, 2010 10:17 PM CST
Borage is on my shopping list for either this year or next. (Looking at my available space)
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 16, 2011 10:24 PM CST
I love borage, although I've never actually used it other than as an ornamental -- but the last time I grew it, it attracted some nasty "worm" (caterpillar) that I never Id'd, which pretty much decimated it. Any thoughts?
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Patti1957
Jul 16, 2011 11:37 PM CST
Painted Lady butterflies use many different plants as host plants, including Yarrow, Hollyhock, Malva and Borage.

http://www.butterflygardeningandconservation.com/plant/host/...
http://www.butterflygardeningandconservation.com/butterfly/b...

Maybe it was the Painted Lady caterpillar that ate your Borage? The second link has some pictures of the caterpillar.


Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Jul 17, 2011 8:12 AM CST
Patti, you hit it exactly right -- I guess I wouldn't have been so disgusted by them if I had known they were painted lady babies! (odd how a simple thing like that can affect our entire perception...) We do have a lot of the Painted Lady butterflies around, but never made the connection (slapping myself on the side of the head).
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Name: Trish
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Trish
Jul 22, 2011 8:29 PM CST

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Seems like if it is "impossibly easy" to grow, that automatically means that we can't grow it to save us. Borage is that for us. We've tried several times, and just can't get them to take. I think I'm going to have to plant them in seed trays and baby them to death until I can get some established. I just don't know what it is that they don't like Crying
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Patti1957
Jul 22, 2011 11:11 PM CST
I have it growing in raised beds and in the ground. They raised beds do the best but I think that is because they get more water. I read that they like fine moist soil and part shade.


Name: Trish
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Trish
Jul 23, 2011 12:05 AM CST

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Oh, that may be the problem- part shade.

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