Also known as the "Herb of Gladness", this refreshing culinary herb also makes a wonderful companion plant. Borage bears hundreds of small, star-shaped blue flowers atop thick stems suitable for cutting, which are edible. The mild cucumber flavor is perfect for salads and garnishes.
Boragehas a long harvest period and its seed oil is a rich source of gamma-linolenic acid. This ornamental herb is perfect for the flower garden and is a wonderful partner to any of your flowering annuals. Blue borage pairs well in the garden with many food crops, including tomatoes, berries and squash, and is said to actually improve the taste of fruits and vegetables growing nearby. Considered the "magic bullet" of companion plants, Borage repels unwanted insects, and also attracts predatory insects to keep harmful pests at bay.
This self-seeding plant will spread easily with plenty of sun, rich soil and protection from the wind.
Characteristics: Borage is a
highly ornamental garden herb ~ at the peak of its growth it appears to
be enveloped in a blue haze of sky-blue flowers.
Light: Borage likes full sun.
Water: Water often as Borage prefers moist soil. Mulch well to retain moisture in the soil.
Soil: Moist, but well-drained soil. Borage will not do well in a soggy situation.
Enhance the flavor of chilled vegetable soups with the addition of 2
tablespoons of finely minced borage. Don't forget to add a few flowers
for a garnish.
Borage is said to make a wonderful general companion plant for most
vegetable crops including, tomatoes, cucumbers, gourds. cabbage, and
even strawberries. Thought of as the "magic bullet" of companion plants,
it increase the health and flavor of neighboring plants while
attracting beneficial predatory insects and honeybees to help police
your garden from harmful pests.