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Borago Pygmaea (Pygmy 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.

Pygmy Borage (Borago Pygmaea)Herb in 9cm Pot

Pygmy Borage also known as prostrate borage or corsican borage has been found in herb gardens through the ages, as it has remarkable qualities, as well as being an attractive plant, this is a low growing spreading variety of this tough customer, and produces tendrils of new growth through the growing season. Like its larger relation it has bright green bristly leaves and striking clear blue bell-like 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. 

Pygmy Borage will grow to approx 45cm tall it grows well in full sun but will tolerate partial shade, a good plant to grow in a shady area. 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,  try freezing the flowers in ice cubes and adding to jugs of Pimms or cordials. The leaves have a cucumber flavour and can be shopped into salads or soft cheeses too.

Buy Pygmy Borage Online

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

Borago Pygmaea (Pygmy Borage) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun
Soil Type Any soil
Flower Colour Blue
Height 30cm
Spread 30cm
Latin Name Borage pygmaea
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
    Interesting plant

    Posted by Agnes Wilson on 24th May 2022

    I'd never heard of a pygma Borage plant before, but it is really nice looking. It arrived with a couple of blooms already out. It healthy looking and has travelled well.