borage

borage or Borago officinalis

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Buy borage borage or Borago officinalis: The traditional ingredient for Pimms

  • Position: full sun or light shade
  • Soil: fertile and moist
  • Rate of growth: fast
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A wonderfully useful as well as decorative plant. The young leaves and vivid blue flowers of this annual herb have a fresh cucumber-like flavour, so are often used in salads, soups, chilled drinks or simply as a garnish. The flowers attract bees and other beneficial insects, while the foliage has been known to reduce attacks of hornworm when planted between tomato plants. At the end of the year, add the plants to the compost heap as they will promote many beneficial minerals. Borage is an annual plant, but it will self-seed readily in good conditions. If you don’t want more plants, dead-head the flowers as soon as they fade.

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