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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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  • Borage

    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: May-02 - Last Date: May-30

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.
  • 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 4.4 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and easy plant. I chose borage for its ability to attract bees and that it is edible. I planted four seeds in late spring directly in the garden. Two plants emerged, I had to remove one of the plants because they were much larger than I expected. I have seen several new bees in my garden. I have also tasted the leaves. They have a light cucumber like taste that would be good in a smoothie or salad. I am very pleased with this herb.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from pretty Pretty blue flowers but my leaves are a little yellow and ragged looking.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must for Bee Keepers We have been customers of Burpee before the days of computers...never ordered Borage before, but since we are bee keepers, thought we would try!! Our little girls are all over the I am ordering more to seeds to scatter throughout our half-acre of buckwheat for them...will keep you posted on how that turns out!!!
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still Trying Well, its been so hot and dry here in GA this year that I have planted it three times in a container; full sun, a more shady area, etc.. It will come up so far and then keel over and die. It's not because the container is too small. Just put a couple more seeds in one of the two containers I'm trying to grow it in this morning. We'll get there! I do have a pkg with 200 seeds
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful herb to add interest to your garden! This was my first year growing borage. It sprouted well and the young leaves tasted like cucumbers. The delicate flowers were sweet. And best of all, the plants attracted the bees thst I needed to pollinate my garden!
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprised stat I bought Borage seeds because I wanted to attract pollinators to my garden. I was surprised how well it was bringing in the bees. I began using the leaves to flavor my water. I am hooked. Such a fresh cucumber smell and flavor. HOOKED!
Date published: 2016-07-05
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
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