Common Name: Borage
Botanical Name: Borago officinalis
Type and Use: Annual herb with edible flowers and leaves
Location: Sun to partial shade
Planting Dates: Spring after the last frost
Planting Method: Seed and transplants
Seed Emergence: 10-14 days
Harvest Time: Any time during the growing season
Height: 24-36 inches
Spread: 18-30 inches
Final Spacing: 18 inches
Growth Habits: Fast-growing, fuzzy-leafed herb that can get a little messy looking unless cut back from time to time to maintain compactness.
Culture: Needs healthy soil with good drainage. Use a basic organic program and spray occasionally with Garrett Juice.
Troubles and Solutions: Grasshoppers occasionally attack the foliage. Control them with hot pepper products, all-purpose flour, and beneficial fungi products.
Harvest and Storage: Cut and use the flowers and foliage any time. Leaves are best when young and tender. Flowers can be candied or frozen into ice cubes.
Notes: The foliage can be used for vinegar, drinks, teas, and salads to add a cucumber flavor.