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White Borage

Borago officinalis var. alba

Also known as

Borago officinalis 'Alba', Borage

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A close up of a white Borago officinalis var. alba flower on a plant
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White Borage Overview

Borago officinalis var. alba is often known as Borago officinalis 'Alba' or White Borage, after the pretty white blooms. Borage is a pretty, hairy herb that has a variety of uses, both culinary and medicinal. Both the leaves and pretty star-shaped flowers are edible and taste of cucumber and honey respectively. This plant also deters hornworms from laying eggs on tomatoes, making them a great companion plant and it is popular with pollinating wildlife. Borage is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintenance gardens. Borage was once used to flavour wine and was historically used to give men courage.

Common problems with White Borage

How to propagate White Borage


Special features of White Borage

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees

Other uses of White Borage

Ornamental, culinary, This plant is attractive to bees and butterflies.