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Borago officinalis 'Alba'


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Plant type

Native perennial

Flower colour



Aromatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


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Plant details

Borage has a long and interesting history in English gardens. It's mentioned within Shakespeare's plays as a herb 'for courage' and even today it is still brewed into tea which is said to alleviate a wide range of ailments. Its rough, hairy leaves are edible and have a light, cucumber-like taste. The white flowers are also edible and add an unusual touch to summer salads! It grows easily in all soils, although the plant does prefer lighter, more acidic soils. As with many herbs, it can be slightly invasive if left unchecked, so cut the plant back fairly hard after flowering.

Family: Boraginaceae

Genus: Borago

Species: officinalis

Cultivar: Alba

Plant type: Native perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Aromatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 80cm

Time to prune: August to September

Flowering period: June to October

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