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Borago officinalis var. alba (White Borage) 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.

White Borage(Borago officinalis var. alba) Herb in 9cm Pot

Borago officinalis also known as starflower and the rather charming name of bee bread has been found in herb gardens through the ages, as it has remarkable qualities, as well as being an attractive plant, more common is the blue flowered variety but this is a striking white flowered version hence the 'Alba'. It is a robust variety that is adorned with bright green bristly leaves and striking white 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.

White borage is identical in growth habit to its blue cousin, growing to approx 60-90cm tall it tends to be a bit sturdier, and the plant usually flowers slightly later in the season than its blue counterpart. Borage 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

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 White Borage Online

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

Borago officinalis var. alba (White Borage) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun
Soil Type Any soil
Flower Colour White
Height 60cm
Spread 60cm
Latin Name Borago officinalis var. alba
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
    great birthday present!

    Posted by susan mary spencer on 8th May 2020

    Herbs arrived promptly in excellent condition and beautifully labelled.

  • 4
    Not flowered yet...

    Posted by Hil on 7th May 2020

    I only just had this with a larger order.. a beautiful healthy plant and very hopeful that this will prove to be a favourite. Borage has so many uses and I look forward to seeing it flower.