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4635

Borage

  • Botanical Name: Borago officinalis

Starflower. A popular culinary herb in the Middle Ages, it is now grown mostly for its bright blue, edible flowers that have a cucumber like flavour and as an excellent bee plant. Young leaves can be chopped and added to summer salads, or cooked like spinach. The flowers may be used as a garnish or floated in summer drinks. Borage contains a substance called gamma linolenic acid (GLA) that studies have shown can kill some cancer cells and inhibit the growth of malignant tumours by restricting blood vellel growth.

Maturity 60 days from direct sowing.

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INFORMATION

DURATION
Annual
OPTIMUM SOIL TEMP FOR GERMINATION
18-24
DAYS TO GERMINATION
7-14
HEIGHT
60cm
DISTANCE APART TO PLANT SEEDLINGS
30cm
WHEN TO SOW
1.2.3
NUMBER OF SEEDS PER PACKET
150
PREFERRED GROWING METHOD

Direct Sow
BEST USE

Culinary/Medicinal

KEY to
WHEN TO SOW

1
EARLY
SPRING
2
LATE SPRING &
EARLY SUMMER
3
LATE SUMMER &
EARLY AUTUMN
   

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