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The young leaves of borage are good for adding to salads, with a taste similar to cucumber. The pretty blue star shaped flowers are edible too. The flowers alone are a good reason to grow the herb, produced in abundance throughout summer, and loved by bees.

Although classified as an annual, borage has a tendency to self seed year after year. The plants do not require a lot of soil to grow in, and may germinate in all sorts of places around the garden. Borage will grow well in large pots, or planted in a border.


Class: Annual
Size: Regular
Hybrid: No
Planting: March-June
Harvesting: June-October

Planning what to grow? See the allotment planner and record keeper.