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Borage Borago officinalis

How to sow borage: Direct seed outdoors, thin to 45cm apart when seedlings are 4cm tall

Sun requirement for borage: Plant in Partial Sun

Borage has been planted 15 times by Growstuff members.

Borage, or Starflower, is an annual flowering herb with blue, pink, or white flowers and bristly stems and leaves. It is a popular companion plant, particularly for tomatoes, as it is thought to confuse mother moths of tomato hornworms looking for a place to lay their eggs. It also attracts many pollinators. It's edible leaves can be used as a fresh vegetable or dried herb. When fresh, it has a cucumber-like taste and is used in salads, lemonade, or as a garnish. It's flowers have a sweet honey-like taste and can be used to decorate desserts or cocktails or candied. It is also cultivated for the borage seed oil extracted from it's seeds.

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Predictions

Annual

living and reproducing in a single year or less

Median lifespan

44 weeks

Height

100cm

Spread

50cm

Row Spacing

30cm

Companions

cherry tomato
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Photos

Borage crops

Borage plantings

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How to grow borage

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Scientific names

Borago officinalis

Alternate names

starflower

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