Also known as the starflower it's a simple to grow annual herb with hairy, bristly foliage and iridescent blue flowers that appear through the summer months. It’s classed as a herb but is often grown as a flower in vegetable gardens where it attracts pollinating bees. It thrives in a sunny spot with well drained, fertile soil.
Young borage leaves have a refreshing cucumber flavour and may be used in salads, soups, sauces and drinks, including tea infusions. Borage flowers are edible and can be used as a garnish for salads, dips and soups. The flowers make a pretty drink decoration when frozen in an ice-block. Adding the flowers to herbal vinegar will create a delightful pale violet colour. Borage works well in cottage gardens and borders where it deters pests from many other plants.
- Companion planting - tomatoes, squash, strawberries, legumes, spinach, brassicas.