Borago officinalis is a traditional herbal medicine grown for edible culinary flowers and the Omega-6 fatty acid GLA. With a cucumber-like taste, Borage herb flowers make an easy summer treat for teas, salads, and dried herbal blends.
- Herb Days to Maturity: 64-72
Planting Depth: ¼-½”
- Plant Spacing: 14-18”
- Growth Habit: Upright
- Soil Preference: Well-drained
- Temperature Preference: Warm
- Light Preference: Full sun
Herb Color: Green with blue/purple flowers
- herb/seed Flavor: Strong cucumber flavor, edible flowers
Borage Herb Growing Habits
Borage herb grows to an average height of three feet tall and two feet wide. The seeds germinate successfully and the borage herb self seeds annually very proficiently. Because of its self-seeding abilities, it is fuss-free and will colonize quickly and on its own. Additionally, the borage herb is a fantastic pollinator. Bees love the source of nectar found in the attractive bright flower, making it a magnet for pollinators to pollinate the rest of your garden.
The Various Uses for the Borage Herb and Seed
Borage herb is used for medicinal purposes and for food and beverage. The medicinal qualities have traditionally been used to treat ailments such as gastrointestinal, respiratory, and cardiovascular disorders. Borage oil, made from the seeds, is usually ingested for medicinal uses.
In cuisine, borage herb is used in many dishes such as soups, sauces, and pasta fillings in parts of Europe. The borage flower is edible and can be added to salads, lemonade, teas, and much more. The borage herb can also be dried and sprinkled onto dishes, as the strong cucumber taste can add interesting flavor notes.