Borage is a beautiful and vigorous plant. It also has a variety of culinary and medicinal uses. The edible flowers are a charming blue, and they are often used to decorate desserts. The leaves are also edible, with a cucumber-like flavor. Bees love borage, especially the native bumble bee.

I love borage but beware, it is know for its explosive growth. When a borage plants starts getting out of hand, I usually yank it out. It is inevitably replaced quickly by a self-seedling. If you are a tidy gardener, you probably shouldn’t plant borage.

Borage growing with sunflowers at Zazu.