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Borago officinalis

Edible and lovable blue blooms.

Gerard the Herbalist, one of the earliest garden bloggers of the 1500s, wrote, "The leaves and floures of Borage put into wine make men and women glad and merry and drive away all sadnesse, dulnesse, and melancholy Syrup made of the floures of Borage comforteth the heart and quieteth the phrenticke and lunaticke person." All useful ideas! But you could also follow the advice of our more modern garden sages and freeze the flowers in ice cubes to make your lemonade look pretty.

One of the most popular edible flowers, borage's star-shaped blossoms have a pleasant cucumber-like flavor. The fuzzy, silvery-green foliage is festooned with small, bright flowers, which can be used to decorate cakes, salads, and drinks. This blue-bloomed cousin of Comfrey has medicinal properties and attracts beneficial insects.

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Direct sow after frost. Or, start indoors 2-3 weeks early and transplant promptly after the last frost. Takes 7-14 days to germinate. Grows 18-24" tall.

Days to Germination 7-14
Days to Maturity 50
Planting Depth ½"
Spacing in Row 12"
Spacing Between Rows 12"
Height at Maturity 18-24"
Width at Maturity 12"
Sun Preference Full to Partial Sun

Artwork by Donna Sharrett. The intricate hand stitches in this flower mandala echo the fine hairs, curled buds, and true blue purity of borage flowers. Through an artistic and mathematical approach, Donna uses embroidery to celebrate the power of this healing herb.

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