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A beautiful starflower loved by pollinators

Borage (member of the Boraginaceae family), is an annual plant whose hairy stems bear large light green leaves that give off a cucumber smell if they are crushed. Its name comes from the Latin borra, which means hair. The plant flowers are small star-shaped blue flowers that are absolutely beautiful, contrasting with the dark purple stamens. Borage is also called starflower and is loved by bees and all pollinators. Borage is additionally edible since the flowers are used for decorating plates, desserts or in salads.

Scientific Name: Borago officinalis

Plant Life Cycle: perennial

Optimal Germination Temperature: 20-28C

Germination time in days: 7-14 days

Indicative Days to maturity: 30-50 days

Sunlight: Full Sun

Soil requirement: Well drained, aerated, fertile soil

Sowing and cultivation: Start seeds indoors from late April or plant directly outdoors after the last frost. Sow a few seeds over the top of regular compost, water gently, lightly cover. Borage seeds like to germinate in the dark.