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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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Cheryl H.
United States United States

Great plant!

Lisa H.
United States United States
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.

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.

Diane W.
United States United States
Borage is planted.

It is not up yet. We have had a very late Spring. I love the book I got: Native American Gardening.

Darcy C.
United States United States
Not Much Experience Yet

This was a really bad spring for growing in our part of New Jersey, and in addition, family matters left me with no time forplanting inside. So I'm taking a chance and starting late, seeding outside. The Miss Wilmott Zinnia plants popped up in a few days. My only complaint is that there's not much info on the seed packets, and I lost my catalogue. I was very pleased with the quick delivery of the seeds, and the resealable envelopes. Sadly, one of the bay laurel plants died, but it was my fault. I'll be happy to report later on whatever I do plant , especially with the bad spring and huge changes in weather--two ninety degree days already. So, what with our miserable Augusts, the Pinetree seeds and plants will be challenged. Anyway, nice doing business with you. Darcy Cummings