Borage -

(Borago officinalis)

Annual Plants

Other Common Names: Burrage, Starflower, Tailwort
Family: Boraginaceae Genus: Borago Species: officinalis
Maple Tree Planted · 8 years ago
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Borage Overview


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Plant Type: Annual Bedding, Herb

Sun Exposure: Full / Mostly Sun, Morning Sun / Evening Shade, Morning Shade / Evening Sun

Soil Type: Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil Drainage: Well Drained

Water Needs: Average, Low

Level of Care: Low

Growth Rates: Fast

Flower Color: Blue

Attracts: Butterflies, Visual Attention, Wildlife

Foliage Color: Dark Green

Average Height: 1' to 2', 2' to 3'

Average Width: 1' to 2'

Fragrances: None

Season of Color: Early Summer Blooms, Summer Blooms

Resistant To: Deer Resistant, Disease, Drought, Heat, Insect

Landscape Uses: Annual Flower Bed, Containers / Planters, Outdoor Living Areas, Woodland Border

Growth Habits: Bushy, Mounding, Upright

Theme Gardens: Herb, Vegetable

Culinary Usages: Garnish, Salads / Sandwiches

Soil pH: 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5

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Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
Borage is beneficial to almost everything it is planted near, especially strawberries, cucumbers, gourds, tomatoes, and cabbage. It attracts predatory insects and honeybees while repelling many insect pests. Borage is known as the "magic bullet of companion plants". It supposedly confuses the search image of the mother moths of tomato hornworms or manduca looking for a place to lay their eggs. Some claim that it improves tomato growth and makes them taste better but this remains unsubstantiated.

8 years ago ·
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