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A picture of a Borage


Borago spp.

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Borage Overview

Borago is a small genus of hardy, annual and perennial herbaceous plants grown both for their blue, star-shaped, hanging flowers and for culinary purposes. They originate from the Mediterranean and one species, Borago officinalis, commonly referred to as Borage or Starflower has been widely cultivated worldwide. The stem and leaves are usually hairy and appear reddish in colour, contrasting prettily with the vivid blue, 5 petalled flowers. They will bear alternate hairy leaves. For culinary use gather only the young leaves.

Common problems with Borage

How to propagate Borage


Propagation is by seeds sown outdoors in the spring.

Special features of Borage

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Attracts useful insects

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Other uses of Borage

Grown for culinary use as well as for their flowers.