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Borago officinalis

About 3 feet tall with a spreading habit. Continuous Noxema-blue blooms attract lots of bees. Tough and drought resistant, it reseeds itself vigorously. Grown as an ornamental as well as for the fuzzy, cucumber-tasting leaves in the spring.

100 seeds




Germination:  5-10 days

Seed Planting Depth: 1/4"-1/2"

Starting Indoors/Outdoors:  Sowing outdoors is best, in the spring when soil temps reach 65 degrees.Sow a few seeds in each spot, 10-15"  apart. For a head start you can start indoors 2-3 weeks before last frost using peat,cow,or paper pots(grows a delicate taproot, successful transplanting may be difficult) Provide 65-70 degrees soil temperatures. Transplant to 12-15" apart. Self sows easily.

Light Needs:  Sun 

Soil Needs: Average to fertile, moist soil

Uses:  Culinary, medicinal, attracts bees and beneficials.

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Mary V.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Borage One of My Favorites

I started the borage in doors in April. In May I transplanted it out side in the “blue" section of my garden. The plants are thriving. Will enjoy the leaves in salads & the flowers in a tea. It is a beautiful herb.

Rebecca J.
United States United States
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beautiful and robust!

I love Borage for their glowing flowers. I had great success using these seeds in my aeroponic tower. They got so robust I had to give them support!

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Cheryl H.
United States United States

Great plant!

Lisa H.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Stunning plant!

Squirrels have been moving my seeds all spring. One of the borage plants is now in a rather small pot, yet it is huge, healthy, and covered with at least a hundred blooms. The humble bees are in love and so are we with the endless, gorgeous blue blooms.

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Love my Borage

I was very happy how quickly my borage germinated. I was looking for a plant to attract bees to our yard. Right now my plants are only about 4" tall.