Borago officinalis is native to the Mediterranean region. It is a sprawling annual that grows to 1-3’ tall. It features showy, open racemes of drooping, star-shaped, bright blue flowers in summer atop branched stems clad with edible, gray-green leaves (to 6” long) having the taste and fragrance of cucumber. Stems and leaves are covered with bristly hairs. Tender leaves may be eaten raw or cooked in somewhat the same manner as spinach. Best grown in herb or wild gardens. Leaves may be used in cold drinks, salads or as cooked greens. Flowers serve as attractive garnishes. Full or part sun. Borage tolerates drought, poor soil. Plants are resistant to deer and rabbits.
Borage seeds can be started indoors in small pots. Transplant the seedlings when they have a few leaves. The seeds can be sown outdoors after the last frost. Sow the seeds and cover them with a layer of soil that is ¼ inch thick. The seeds germinate in 5-15 days.