Borage- starflower, bee bread
Borage is an annual herb that is native to the Mediterranean region. Borage has edible flowers and leaves that taste faintly of cucumber (although all but the youngest leaves are pretty prickly for raw eating). It has many medicinal properties and has been traditionally used for gastrointestinal, respiratory, and cardiovascular disorders. The seed oil has the highest known plant-based source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).
You barely have to do anything for this hardy annual; it grows and self seeds prolifically! While this may be an annoyance to some gardeners, Borage is one of the best plants you can grow for bees. The blue flowers and tasty nectar draw much needed pollinators to your garden.
Borage is also a dynamic accumulator, a plant that has deep roots that pull nutrients and minerals from the soil that other plants may not be able to access. Borage is often used as a companion plant for legumes, spinach, brassicas, tomatoes, and strawberries.
The seeds are easy to collect and save. Store in a cool, dry place. Direct sow outdoors in late spring about 1/4” deep; Borage does not transplant well, as it has a taproot that does not like to be disturbed. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 70 degrees. Share with your friends!
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