Borage is a 1-3′ tall annual herb with large, bristly, gray-green leaves and beautiful, powder-blue flowers.
When young, the cucumber flavored leaves can be added to salads. Borage flowers are a favorite of honeybees, are excellent for cutting. Starlike blooms can be used to garnish cold drinks, and will add interest and color to salads.
Borage has long been used for its calming properties, is known as the 'Herb of Gladness.' Packet is 2 grams, about 90-100 seeds.
White borage features beautiful, white flowers slightly later in the season than common borage. Otherwise, white borage is in all ways similar in plant size and culinary use. Grows 1-3′ tall. Packet is 2 grams, about 90-100 seeds.
How to Plant Borage Seeds
Borage can be started indoors, following these guidelines. Borage seedlings are not tolerant of being pricked individually out of flats, they start nicely in cell packs (the 6-pack containers garden centers frequently use), or in 2″ containers. Do not allow seedlings to become root-bound. Kept at 70° F., germination is in 5-15 days. Or, direct sow ¼″ deep, 6″ apart. Thin to 12-24″ apart.