This oval leaved annual is a lovely filler in the garden with it’s hairy stems and leaves that smell like cucumber when crushed.
Borage germinates freely and easily and will self seed very happily for years once it has flowered.
It likes to be watered and looks sad if allowed to get too dry but will pick back up quite quickly after a watering.
Borage is a favourite of bees and will attract them from miles around.
The leaves of Borage, which should be consumed in moderation, are a great ‘pick me up’.
We use the oil from the seed though, as it’s greatest prize, relieving the discomfort of irritable bowel syndrome, high blood pressure and hangovers.
It’s well worth the squatting in the garden collecting them.
Degree of difficulty in germination…..1/10 (1 is easy – 10 very difficult)