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Borago officinalis (Borage)

Beginner
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
1m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
1-2 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Borago officinalis

Other names

Borage, Cool tankard, Talewort, Tailwort

Genus

Borago Borago

Species

B. officinalis - B. officinalis is a vigorous, erect, branching annual with coarsely hairy, ovate to lance-shaped, dark grey-green leaves and hollow stems bearing branched cymes of star-shaped, bright blue flowers from midsummer into autumn.


Borago officinalis is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect, Branching

Flower

Blue in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Leaf-mining sawflies , Slugs Leaf-mining sawflies , Slugs

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Borago officinalis (Borage) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.5m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Cottage/Informal, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in any reasonably drained soil in sun or partial shade. Plant in the right place as it dislikes transplanting.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Borago officinalis

Other names

Borage, Cool tankard, Talewort, Tailwort

Genus

Borago Borago

Species

B. officinalis - B. officinalis is a vigorous, erect, branching annual with coarsely hairy, ovate to lance-shaped, dark grey-green leaves and hollow stems bearing branched cymes of star-shaped, bright blue flowers from midsummer into autumn.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect, Branching


Colour

Flower

Blue in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Leaf-mining sawflies , Slugs

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Borago officinalis (Borage) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.5m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Cottage/Informal, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in any reasonably drained soil in sun or partial shade. Plant in the right place as it dislikes transplanting.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

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Borago officinalis

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