Borago officinalis - botanical name

Borago officinalis

Annual clumping herb with a straggling habit (0.7m x 0.4m) from northern Europe. Hair covered crinkled lance shaped basal leaves develop into leafy flowering stems. Clusters of semi pendulous star-like purple blue flowers in spring and summer. Useful addition to the herb or vegetable garden. Edible flowers and young leaves. Good companion plant for tomatoes; squash and strawberries. Prefers fertile well drained soil in full sun. Protect from wind. Drought sensitive.

  • Plant type
    Vegetables & herbs
  • Sun/Shade tolerance
    Full sun
  • Frost tolerance
    Frost hardy
  • Soil type(s)
    Sand, Clay, Loam
  • Water rating
  • Plant origin
    Non indigenous (Northern Europe)
  • Scale
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