a garden with borage

August 24, 2009 at 3:54 pm 1 comment

Borage flower”a garden without borage is like a heart without courage”

You need a little courage to nibble on a prickly borage leaf so the beautiful blue star shaped flowers are the more popular choice for adding to salads or garnishing sweet treats.  Borage leaf tea is said to reduce fevers by inducing sweating so I may dry some of the leaves to try next time I have a cold.

If the thought of growing borage for herbal or culinary use doesn’t appeal it’s still a welcome addition in the garden.  It’s a wonderful companion plant for attracting bees, playing host to black fly to keep them away from other plants and deters tomato worm.  Borage self-seeds so if you don’t want it all over the garden keep an eye out for flower heads going to see and don’t compost them.

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  • 1. Jubilee7  |  August 1, 2012 at 12:01 am

    If you want this spectacularly beautiful plant – do keep in mind – it vines and winds all about your garden if unchecked. And it’s spiny leafy beauty hurts like crazy if you go gloveless. But the wonderful cucumber taste and smell is fantastic.


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