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Borage 'Blue'    

Borago officinalis

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Blue is part of the Borago genus and is a Borage variety. Its scientific name is Borago officinalis 'Blue'. 'Blue' is considered a heirloom OP (open polliated) cultivar. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Cornflower blue and   Hot pink. When mature, blooms are roughly 1.9 cm (that's 0.74 inches in imperial) in diameter.The mature flowers take a Single form, with an approximate petal count of 5. Leaves appear approximately as a   Light green colour.

Borage is a free seeding annual plant that produces blue flowers and has leaves with cucumber flavor. Often grown as a flower it is really an herb. Attracts pollinating bees and it is considered a good companion plant for tomatoes, squash and strawberries.1

Medicinally borage has a calming and cooling effect and can help break fevers. Borage tea has been used in Europe as a strengthening tonic for convalescing patients.2

It is an Herb and is treated mainly as a Annual, This means that it grows best over the course of a single year. Blue is known for growing to a height of approximately 2.96 feet (that's 91.0 cm in metric) with a forb-like habit.

Syrian Arab Republic is believed to be where Blue originates from.

Blue Borage is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Blue have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Blue

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Dusting diatomaceous earth periodically on underside of leaves and around base helps prevent insects from chewing on leaves.

Position in a full sun location and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Blue is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

Growing Blue from seed

Strong, quick germination

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 11.7 inches (30.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.5 inches (1.27 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 20°C / 68°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Blue about 42 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Blue

Can be transplanted outdoors a month before last frost date

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Blue is a hardy plant.

By our calculations, you should look at planting out Blue about 30 days before your last frost date.

Harvesting Blue

leaves can be harvested any time—a cut and come again plant.

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by early summer.

Other Names for Borage 'Blue'


Latest Borage 'Blue' Reviews

  • Grew like hotcakes. Large and healthy. Flowers lovely in salads.

    5 stars

    KiriBean about growing Borage (OP)

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