Bees dance on them – People eat from them – Crops thrive on them.
It’s spectacular fluorescent blue flowers in star shape design are an experience to behold.
Herb: Annual – Self-seeding – Grows back year after year.
Height: 2 to 3 feet tall.
Flowers: Edible Blue – Pink – White – Five pointed star-shaped flowers
Blooms continuously – Delicate honey sweet flavor
Leaves: Edible – These 2 – 6 inch leaves are rich in Calcium, Vitamin C, Potassium & Mineral Salts. Hairless young leaves are most desirable for eating. Mature leaves are good but hairy. Tastes just like cucumber.
Companion Plant to: Tomatoes, Strawberries, Spinach, Legumes, Brassicas, Squash – Most any plant will benefit from Borage. Borage strengthens neighboring plants resistance to disease & pests. Tomato Hornworms & Cabbage Worms detest Borage. Borage attracts many beneficial insects. Bees & Wasps love Borage! Borage enriches the soil, enriches the compost pile, enriches the spirit.
Hybrids, even organic hybrids, do not always produce nectar or pollen. Pollinators will still try eating from hybrids leaving them without proper nutrition.
Just think of how many well-intended growers work with hybrids across the globe & how many pollinators rely on them.
Hybrids do not always produce reliable, sustainable, next generation seeds but if they do produce next generation seeds most of the time crops grown from these seeds are deformed, stunted & unreliable making them unsustainable for the grower.
Urban Farming? Do you eat Borage?