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Borago officinalis/Borage

Borago officinalis / Borago officinalis
A large mass planting in flower
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A large mass planting in flower

Light, baby-blue flowers

A large planting in a demonstration garden

Early summer

Close-up image of flowers

Large specimen in a demonstration garden in Conroe, Texas

Full summer growth

Foliage covered with white hairs

Close-up of foliage

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Scientific Name: Borago officinalis
Common Name: Borage
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Blue
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Herb
Comments: Borage is classified as a hardy annual. Its foliage and stems are covered with fine, stiff white hairs that gives it a overall rough texture. Blue, star-shaped flowers appear in spring and summer. Provide full sunlight and a well drained soil, preferably in a raised bed. This plant is relatively easy to grow and can tolerate considerable amount of neglect and still produce a large shrub-like mass in a single season. It is reported that the flowers are visited by bees and yield a good source of nectar for honey. Borage has long been used as a culinary herb.