Seed of the Week: Borage

Our unusually-shaped mystery seeds from last week were from borage, Borago officinalis.

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The seeds look sort of like booties or socks, with a cuff.

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Borage was originally from the Mediterranean region, but now is grown in gardens throughout the world. It is fairly drought tolerant.

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The flowers consist of five blue petals arranged in a star-like shape and a beak-like white and purple center.

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The leaves, stems and buds are covered with fuzzy hairs. Some people grow borage for the foliage, which is said to taste like cucumbers.

Borage is an annual and reaches from 1 to 3 feet tall, generally.

Have you ever grown borage in your garden?

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