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Barago officinalis

Common Borage

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Spawling plant with blue, star-shaped flowers possessing edible leaves native to the Mediterrean.

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Borago officinalis, also known as borage, is a sprawling herb native to the Mediterranean region of Europe. It features blue, star-shaped flowers and edible leaves. Additionally, this plant is valued for its culinary and medicinal uses, with the leaves offering a cucumber-like flavor and can be prepared similar to spinach. Borage has historical significance in traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties and is a common ingredient in Mediterranean cuisines.

Plant Details:

Other Scientific Names: Barago officinalis L.

Other Common Names: Borage, Cool Tankard, Tailwort, Talewort

Plant Type: Flower, Annual

New Jersey Native: No

Bloom Times: Summer

Bloom Colors: Blue, Purple

Deer Resistance: High

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Bees and Other Pollinators

Salt Tolerance: High

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: All Regions in NJ

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Loam, Sandy, Clay

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Soil pH: Slightly Acidic, Neutral, Slightly Alkaline

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Full Sun

Light Range: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Drought Tolerance: High

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 1 - 3 ft

Spread: 0.75 - 1.5 ft

Growth Rate: Medium