The Borage remains in the garden year after year, as it self seeds itself. Borage should never be moved unless it is very young, as it has a tap root.

It is native to the Mediterranean region and has naturalized in many other locales.

The leaves are edible and the plant is grown in gardens for that purpose in some parts of Europe. Pick nice mature leaves, dip in a batter made from egg, flour and milk, they fry. The leaf plumps up and looks like a fritter. Delicious.

Borage is an old herb, known at least since Roman times.

It is said that borage gladdens the heart, and surely the purple flowers are cheery.  But even the small, young leaves are slightly prickly, and the plant may seem rather coarse to a new gardener.

Companion Planting

Borage is very useful in the garden. It attracts bees, which increases pollination…

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