Plants for Water-Wise Pollinator Gardens: Borage (Borago officianalis)

Plant Family



A bee gathers nectar from a borage flower
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Cluster of blue and purple borage flowers
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Borage Family (Boraginaceae)


Common Names

Borage, Burrage, Common bugloss


  • Annual herb native to the Middle East
  • Fast growing
  • Prolific re-seeder but can be easily hand weeded
  • Grows to 2 to 3 feet tall and 18 inches wide
  • Hollow stems tend to break if plants don’t have support. For best results, plant borage in groups among other plants in the garden.
  • Five pointed blue or white flowers in clusters at the end of the main stem bloom from summer through fall
  • Plants do well in full sun to part shade in well drained soils
  • All parts are edible



Beneficial Insects – Green lacewing



Additional Resources:


                California – Borage! Borage! Borage!     


                Pennsylvania – Borage