Borage (9cm pot)
Borage is a remakably beautiful plant with such names as Bee Beard, Star Flower, it is a medicinal herb with edible leaves and flowers that taste of cucumber. Borage will attract all of our native Bees as well as honey bees. Add Borage to fruit punches and cocktails and add its electric blue flowers to salads.
It can be used as a companion plant between vegetables like tomatoes and cabbage to help reduce leaf-eating caterpillars.
Borage will bloom for many weeks if the older flowers are trimmed off, and you can often persuade them to make a comeback by pruning them back halfway in midsummer. Self-sown borage seedlings are easy to dig and move, or you can pull and compost the ones you don’t want.