blue star-like flowers that bees love

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Product Description

Borago officinalis

Blue, star-like flowers bloom on 12-36″ tall plants.  Bees love these plants, and the flowers are edible.  You can freeze them in ice cubes or add them to salads.  Flowers and young leaves taste like cucumber.


Start seeds 4 weeks before your last average frost.  Sow 1/4″ deep.  Kept at 70° F, germination is in 10-12 days.  I personally have trouble with transplanting borage, so I usually direct-sow after any danger of frost has passed.  If you must start seeds indoors, I would recommend sowing them in large peat pellets or biodegradable pots (peat pots, CowPots, Fertil pots) so as not to disturb the roots too much when transplanting.


Space borage 12″ apart in the garden.  I find that I have to use some type of support for borage or the plants start falling over as they get top heavy from the loads of flowers produced.  I typically use a small tomato cage for this.  Borage is a rather low-maintenance plant and doesn’t require much attention once it is established and growing well.

Additional Information

Plant Type




Bloom Color


Plant Height

Tall (taller than 36")

Sun Requirements

Full Sun

Special Characteristics

Attracts Pollinators, Poor Soil Tolerant, Edible Flowers, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Drought Tolerant


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