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


Plant Family

         

 

A bee gathers nectar from a borage flower
Photo credit: RC Designer Flickr CC BY 2.0

 

 

Cluster of blue and purple borage flowers
Photo credit: Rachel James Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Borage Family (Boraginaceae)

 

Common Names

Borage, Burrage, Common bugloss


Description

  • 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

 

Attracts

Bees
Butterflies
Beneficial Insects – Green lacewing
 

 

 


Additional Resources:

West

                California – Borage! Borage! Borage!     

Northeast

                Pennsylvania – Borage