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Blue flowers are always welcome in the garden. Borage is one of the most reliable sources, often flowering lavishly about 8 weeks after sowing and then sometimes continuing until the first serious frosts. To the ancient Greeks and Romans, borage was a potent medicinal herb guaranteeing courage in battle, but the casually sprawling plants are now grown more for their decorative value, both in the garden and on the table. Their open blue flowers add colour and flavour to summer drinks, while the young leaves are sometimes included in salads.
Plant type: Hardy annual
Flower colour: Blue
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist
Hardiness: Half hardy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: March to May
my borage plants have just flowered and they are beautiful, i didnt realise they would grow so big, but they are well worth the extra space that is needed.
I grew blue flowered Borage from seed a few years ago, it proved to be very easy, self seeded prolifically and the bees loved it. I am about to grow it again for the first time since moving here nearly 11 years ago. I'm also sowing some white flowered Borage this year as I've never grown it before.
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