Borage, also known as starflower, is an edible ornamental and medical plant, the praises of which have been sung by some of the most famous herbalists in history. John Gerard’s Herball includes –the saying Ego borago, gaudia semper ago, meaning ‘I, borage, bring always courage’. And, according to Pliny the Elder, when borage leaves and petals are put into wine, it ‘makes men and women glad and merry, and drives away all sadness, dullness and melancholy’. With such commendations, it’s no surprise that the Blue and White Flowered Mix variety has became a favourite in modern mixology, being used to garnish cocktails such as the gin-based Pimm’s Cup.
Includes 50 seeds
Germination 7-15 days
Harvesting 50-70 days
When sowing 3-5 cm; Depth 3 cm
When thinning 10-15 cm
Sunligth Full sun to partial shade
Soil Well-drained, light and moist soil
Watering Regular, moderate watering
Feeding No fertilizer or compost addition is necessary
Expert tip Do not fertilise because this will promote leaf growth and suppress flowering. Dead-heading or picking the flowers will prolong blooming.
Attracts bees and butterflies.
Repels tomato pests.