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Young leaves for salads and lemonade.

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With it's blue, star-shaped flowers, borage makes a lovely ornamental. Its young leaves have a refreshing, mild cucumber-like fragrance and traditionally been used in salads and lemonade. The flowers can be candied.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun, Part Sun

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

50-80 days

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

18 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12-24 inches

Additional Uses Additional ways in which the product may be used in the garden.


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Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Direct sow in average soil in a sunny or lightly shaded area, after danger of spring frost.
  • Borage is an attractive flowering annual in cottage gardens or borders, or planted with herbs and vegetables.
  • Remove weeds and work organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Sow seeds about 12 inches apart and cover with ¼ inch of fine soil.
  • Firm the soil lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
  • This gradually to stand 18-24 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches high.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For herbs, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated. Basil should not be allowed to dry out.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Discard plants after they bloom.
  • Borage will self-sow where it is happy.
  • Harvest leaves and flowers in the morning after the dew has dried before the heat of the day.
  • Pick flowers before they are fully open.
  • Both flowers and young leaves are edible. Add the flowers to wine, use them to decorate cakes, or try crystalizing them.
  • Leaves may be dried in an area with good air circulation out of the direct sun for one to two weeks. Store or use when dry but still green, discard any black leaves. To store put them in glass or plastic containers with lids. They will lose their flavor over time but can last for one year if properly stored.
  • Flowers may be frozen, and they may be candied.
  • Borage leaves and flowers may be preserved in vinegar.
Full Sun, Part Sun
Days To Maturity
50-80 days
Life Cycle
18 inches
12-24 inches
Additional Uses
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Planting Time
12 inches
Borage is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from BORAGE... the missing review I noticed these reviews all expound using borage for salads, lemonade and all sorts of things. BUT- in all the years I've planted Borage- I've NEVER used it for those (perhaps I'll try). What I do with planting Borage is to plant ii among my tomato plants. It does a great job of keeping pests away from the tomatos.
Date published: 2014-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Borage While borage can become a pest and try to take over the garden, growing it in a pot will tame it down somewhat. I have grown borage for years and really enjoy using it in salads. The leaves can be used at any age. Don't let the fuzziness throw you off. By chopping them up you won't even notice it and they do give a wonderful cucumber taste in the salad. Cucmbers can wilt or spoil, but there is always some borage to toss into a salad or pesto. Try combining borage, chives, peppermint, rosemary and Greek basil leaves, chopped fine and sprinkled on scrambled eggs on top of a bed of lettuce with a little dollop of mayo! Even my 10-year-old nephew went for this! - JB
Date published: 2011-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad I planted Borage with my Chamomile, and the Borage was so prolific that it took over half of my herb garden. It's a beautiful plant, great flowers (which look supreme on many dishes), and doesn't need a whole lot of care. The only complaint I have is that the flowers have very little taste, but for a garnish, it doesn't matter much.
Date published: 2008-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Borage -- Live Fast, Look Gorgeous while Young Borage self seeds prolifically, which is lovely. after my first packet of 50 seeds -- 2/3 of which I still have -- I just let it start new plants. It wakes up very early here in the Sacramento Delta, where other plants may be slow because of our strong winds and parching sun. By mid-July, it's flopping over and has bald spots in the middle. Best for the back of a border. We use the blue flowers as a beautiful accent on yellow and orange tomato salads, or sprinkled on dark greens. They have very little taste, but look smashing. Even the baby leaves are too "hairy" for us to be tempted to consume them. I plan to keep growing borage. I'm delighted to have something that comes up EARLY without my having to do anything!
Date published: 2006-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, Edible(TASTEY!), and Absolutely PERFECT WOW!!!! this plant left me amazed! I've been looking for a plant that is sweet to eat, and is gorgeous.... let me tell ya, this plant's got it all!
Date published: 2006-03-21
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