Lawn and Garden

Borage (Borago officinalis)

Adapted from Pub. NE 208 published by the Cooperative Extension Services of the Northeast States


borage Borage is a decorative annual with coarse, hairy leaves and stems and beautiful sky-blue flowers in a star shape. The plant grows about 2 to 3 feet tall.


Borage is easily grown from seed and will sow itself. This plant does best in dry, sunny places. Although it is difficult to transplant, you can stretch out the harvest by sowing three times at 4-week intervals.


Pick blossoms as they open. Use leaves fresh anytime; they are seldom dried.


Sprays of borage flowers and leaves are used to give a cool, cucumber-like flavor to summer drinks. Bees are attracted to the borage plant.