Borage Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

This 2'–3' tall, versatile herb is exquisite in the garden. In addition to attracting bees and other beneficial insects, it can be used as a cover crop. Edible, blue and sometimes pink flowers with a cucumber-like flavor can be used fresh to garnish dips, salads, and summer drinks, or candied with sugar for later use. The leaves and stems are also edible, delicious steamed like spinach or chard. Fairly drought tolerant once established.
  • Conventional Heirloom #5026 - 1 gram
    This packet sows up to 14 feet.
  • $1.89
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  • Organic Heirloom #6127 - 1 gram
    This packet sows up to 14 feet.
  • $2.49
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Botanical Name: Borago officinalis

Family: Boraginaceae

Native: Africa, west Asia, and Europe

Hardiness: Annual; re-seeds readily

Plant Dimensions: 2'–3' tall, 12"–18" wide

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks before your average last frost date, when soil temperature is at least 40°F, ideally 70°–90°F, or any time in mild climates.

When to Start Inside: 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Not recommended; sensitive to taproot disturbance. Start in biodegradable pots that can be planted directly into ground.

Days to Emerge: 5–20 days

Seed Depth: ¼"–½"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12"

Row Spacing: 24"

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 12"

Harvesting: Leaves are best harvested when young; old leaves are tough and hairy. Flowers can be harvested any time.

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Borage Seeds Reviews

9 reviews
Borage
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Great plant for the garden. Flowers and leaves are edible.
Donna

Laura zone 5b
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These are great companion plants, self sow, and easy to recognize and transplant when young. They do well for me even in larger containers. Flowers are lovely and tasty in salads. Attracts pollinators also.
Laura Richey

Wonderful Borage
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Borage is my go to flower in the garden. Between its beautiful blue and periwinkle hues, edible and medicinal values, and most importantly it's a pollinators delight--mainly the bumbles and honeybees.
Joshua Hills

Borage sprouting well
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I've planted borage seeds around most of our fruit trees & they are sprouting well, even with the fickle weather this year. Can't wait to start eating the blossoms!
Marisa

Perfect!
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Every seed grew!
Diana DeAngelis

Great grower
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I wouldn't say borage is the most beautiful plant in the garden but boy did it grow! It didn't attract nearly as many pollinators as my catnip did and the spiny leaves put me off of trying to eat them. The flowers were a lovely addition to salads and tasted like cucumber. This plant is HUGE. Probably 3-4' tall and easily 2' wide.
Anna

Borage for Bees
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I planted a few seeds and the plants grew exceptionally well; they even re-seeded and grew additional plants which have continued to provide excellent forage for all types of bees. It's a beautiful addition to my summer and fall garden.
Erin

Huge!
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This plant grew very larger (larger than I thought it would!) and attracted tons of pollinators. Unfortunately, the spines on it gave us lovely rashes and my husband was terribly allergic to all the pollen. He couldn't even step out of the house without sneezing! So, great for bees, not so great for allery-suffers.
Elora mcgee

Borage for Courage!
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This star-flowered beauty can be grown easily during the cool season in Phoenix. I like to freeze the flowers whole within ice cubes for a subtle cucumber-flavored drink once the heat ramps up again in only a few months! A lovely reminder of the cool season once the weather warms up.
Ari