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Borago officinalis (Borage Blue) Herb Plant


Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

 Borage Blue(Borago officinalis) Herb in 9cm Pot

Borago officinalis also known as borage and cool tankard has been found in herb gardens through the ages, as it has remarkable qualities, as well as being an attractive plant,this is the blue flowered variety and has bright green bristly leaves and striking blue flowers which grow around the stem throughout the summer. Borage is a very important flower for bee's and other pollinating insects  as it flowers for so long it is an abundent source of pollen and nectar. Borage flowers are unique in that after a bee has visited a flower it refills with nectar within two minutes, making borage a great pollinator-friendly plant for a small garden.

Borage will grow to approx 60-90cm tall it grows well in full sun but will tolerate partial shade. It will happily grow in just about any soil type as long as it is free draining but it likes to be kept moist throughout the growing season. 

Borage is an exceptionally tough customer that has spread across the globe from its origins in the Mediterannean. As an annual, Borage will seed itself happily across the garden if allowed. (To avoid this, simply remove the seed heads after flowering.)

Herb Usage

To ancient Greeks and Romans borage, Borago officinalis, was a potent medicinal herb guaranteeing courage in battle. Borage has many uses, from the medicinal to the culinary: the leaves were used as a saline diuretic and the flowers can be used to decorate cakes or summer drinks, like Pimms and cordials. The leaves have a cucumber flavour and can be shopped into salads or soft cheeses too.

Buy Blue Borage Online

Our potted Blue Borage herb plants are generally available to buy online between March and September.

Borago officinalis (Borage Blue) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun
Soil Type Any soil
Flower Colour Blue
Height 60cm
Spread 60cm
Latin Name Borago officinalis
Hardiness RHS rating H5 - Hardy - Cold winter
Culinary Desserts/Drinks
Scented None
Medicinal/Cosmetic Herbal medicine
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features Pollinator Friendly
Type of Garden Wildlife
  • 5
    Plants arrived healthy

    Posted by Georgina Sharpe on 2nd May 2024

    Arrived well packed and healthy with any luck will have happy bees if the weather ever improves. .

  • 5
    Borage plant

    Posted by Kath Pople on 6th May 2021

    A lovely strong plant arrived quickly and very well packed . Due to go on the garden today .....bit delayed due to very cold nights ! It will do well I’m sure !

  • 5
    Borage plant

    Posted by Unknown on 4th Aug 2020

    Healthy plant which arrived very quickly.

  • 5
    Beautiful Borage

    Posted by Deborah Duthie on 28th Jul 2020

    ordered three Borage plants. They all arrived looking healthy. Gave them a drink, wailed a few days then planted them. All tree rooted straight away and were flowering within a fortnight. Almost as happy as the bees that are enjoying them.

  • 5
    Lovely borage

    Posted by Mrs June Leck on 21st Jul 2020

    Absolutely brilliant plants.Good size and really healthy

  • 4
    Bee Lovely

    Posted by Jay on 6th Aug 2019

    Again, well packaged (lots of plastic though). Ordered two, should be lovely when they grow a bit more, quite a few flower buds.

  • 5
    Healthy plants

    Posted by Unknown on 27th Jun 2018

    Plants arrived promptly, were well packed and in a good condition, They look good in the garden.