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50-60 days. Annual. This culinary and medicinal herb produces a galaxy of sparkling star-shaped blooms that glitter in the most brilliant shade of azure. A dazzling edible flower, each little flower contains a drop of nectar that is sweet with the essence of honey and cucumber. Pollinators, especially honey bees, adore borage blooms, and you will never find the plants without the company of beneficial insects. Add the refreshing blooms to salads, use as garnish, or make a cooling tea. The leaves, which also taste like cucumber, are added to salads, cooked, or made into cooling drinks and teas. Borage is believed to be native to the Mediterranean and has been used medicinally for many centuries. In the first century, Dioscorides said borage could “comfort the heart and purge melancholy.” Indeed, this beautiful, carefree herb brightens our hearts, and much research has been done on the anti-depressant and anti-anxiety qualities of borage seed oil.
Growing Tips: Direct sow as soon as soil can be worked. Succession plant for longer blooming season. Frequently reseeds itself year after year.
Images and description courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds/ RareSeeds.com