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Borage gives courage
Author Name: superness11
Advantages: Tastes good
Disadvantages: Frost will kill it
Borage is a wonderful herb with many different uses. Once it is planted it tends to go quite wild but it will not last during the winter. If you want to keep your Borage happy you should bring it indoors to prevent the frost killing it.
As far as plants go it is easy to grow and look after. The plants can grow quite tall so it is best to plant is against as wall or position the pot against something so that the wind cannot knock it down. You can grow Borage straight from seed and grow seedlings before transferring outside or sow directly into fertilised soil.
What does it look like
Borage is leafy with beautiful delicate blue flowers. The flowers are pretty with five little triangle shaped petals. The leaves of the plant have a furry quality and seem to be covered in little white hairs. The plant can grow to 60 cm tall.
What can it be used for
Fresh Borage contains essential oils and vitamins. It can be ingested and as a herb it has diuretic and slightly laxative properties and has anti-inflammatory effects. It is said to strengthen the nervous system. Freshly pressed juice of the plant is believed to reduce spring fatigue, by accelerating the metabolism and thus acting as a general pick-me-up.
The oil in the plants is often used in herbal remedies and used as a GLA supplement (gamma-linolenic acid)
The plant can also be used as a vegetable. It has a succulent cucumber like taste and makes a perfect accompaniment in a fresh salad. You can also use the leaves in Pimms; the brand used to use Borage before they swapped to Mint and Cucumber.
This packet of seeds costs £2.29 from garden centres. It is easy to grow and care for and in the packet you get 400 seeds so it should last you quite a long time!
Boarage is really easy to grow and it is very beautiful, it spreads making it really good for a rockery but the downside is that it die in the cold weather. The plant tastes really wonderful, just like cucumber but less watery. It is delicious in salads. I like the fact it has all these healing properties too. It is stable addition in my garden and I look forward to eating the leaves over the summer.
Summary: An underrated herb