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Herb 101: Borage

by Uldreich Sam Crisostomo October 11, 2017

Herb 101: Borage

Borage is a coarse textured plant that can grow to about 2-3 feet.  The color of its leaves are gray-green with both leaves and stems covered with fine hairs.  It produces attractive sky-blue flowers that are star-shaped.

Foliage of Borage has a cucumber-like flavor that is useful in salads, soups or stews and also beverages.  One can use the flowers of Borage as an edible garnish or added to deserts or drinks.  The harsh hairs on the plant may cause skin irritations in some persons so care is suggested when handling the plant during harvest. 

Borage is easily grown from seed started indoors or directly sown in the garden after frost is past.  It prefers a full sun location and once established does well on soils that are dry.  If grown for culinary use, successive sowings of seed at four week intervals will result in a good supply of fresh foliage. Borage is also valued as an ornamental plant in the garden because of its attractive flowers and foliage. You also need to take note that Borage has a tendency to be brittle and is easily damaged by wind so staking is suggested.

Trivia: Did you know that there is a compact and sturdier form of Borage but with white flowers instead of blue? It is called Bianca..

Uldreich Sam Crisostomo
Uldreich Sam Crisostomo



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