Borage Borago officinalis Packet: 50 seeds. Days to Maturity or Bloom:   50-60 Can borage actually make people happy, dispel melancholy, or give courage? Folklore notwithstanding, the traits may come from borage’s high potassium content and its stimulating effect on the adrenal glands. No doubt, too, that the cucumber-flavored leaves and small, starry flowers simply bring pleasure. Description Hardy annual, growing to 2’ tall and wide. Hollow, bristly, sprawling stems and bristly oval leaves up to 6” long. Star-shaped, 1” long flowers, which start out pink and mature to blue and bloom throughout summer. ‘Alba’ is a white-flowered cultivar. In The Garden Site: Full sun but tolerates partial shade. pH 6.6. Propagation: Seed in late spring. Self-sows. Does not transplant well, except when very young. Care:    Remove faded flowers to prolong flowering. Grows best in cool weather.  Harvest:     Leaves when young. Flowers just as they are fully open. Preserve by drying. Other:  Improves insect or disease resistance in nearby plants. Companion plant to strawberries. Attracts bees. Uses In the Kitchen:  Flowers in punch, iced drinks, ice cubes, green or fruit salads, vinegars, or over sliced tomatoes. Crystallize flowers for decorating pastries. Leaves in soups, cooked greens, salads, butters, cheese or yogurt dips, tea sandwiches, fish, poultry, eggs, teas, punches, sorbets, vinegars, or salt-free herb-seasoning blends.  Combines well with dill, mint, and garlic. In the Home:  Dried flowers in potpourris. Fresh flowers in bouquets. For Health:   Leaf infusion internally for colds, coughs, fevers, insomnia, or nervous tension. Leaves in face packs for dry skin, in baths, or in a poultice for bruises or irritated skin. Seeds are high in gamma-linoleic acid. Here is more information on the herb Borage

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Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 1 x 3 x 4 in

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