Borage, a lovely herb in the garden, bears periwinkle-blue flowers and attracts hummingbirds, bees, and pollinators of every kind.
The flowers are rich in gamma-linoleic acid which is known to fight inflammation and are good to eat right off the plant. GLA is classified as an omega-6 fatty acid. Borage oil from the seeds is excellent for the skin and can be helpful with eczema and dermatitis.
The flowers are just radiant in their icy blue dress lending a cottage air to a garden. The plants can grow 2-3′ tall and half as wide, they self-sow readily, but don’t transplant well. They taste a bit like cucumbers. We feel extra-healthy just eating them right off the plant.
Borage is a great companion plant for strawberry plants, actually enhancing their fruit flavor and yield. Also, tomato growers will be happy to know that borage enhances tomato vine growth and disease resistance when planted nearby. Borage plants are an excellent source of calcium and potassium, so be sure and compost your spent plants.
The seeds are worth saving for next year…let the plant go to seed and collect the unique, rough pods. Just start with one packet of store-bought seeds, and you will likely never have to purchase them again.
You can plant it now and still have a harvest of flowers for placing in ice cubes for a late summer iced mint tea. Just thinking of a tall glass of fresh, garden-picked mint tea on ice makes me feel like sitting down with a good book under the shady arbor. Summer is here!
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