Borage, Blue (Borago Officinalis) - 100 Seeds

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Borage (Borago Officinalis) - 100 Seeds

•Bee Friendly
•Butterfly Friendly
•Hummingbirds Friendly
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 3-9

This 2'–3' tall, versatile herb is exquisite in the garden. In addition to attracting bees and other beneficial insects, it can be used as a cover crop. Edible, blue and sometimes pink flowers with a cucumber-like flavor can be used fresh to garnish dips, salads, and summer drinks, or candied with sugar for later use. The leaves and stems are also edible, delicious steamed like spinach or chard. Fairly drought tolerant once established.

Medicinal Properties:
The oil from the seeds of Borage is the highest known plant source of GLA, which may actually reduce inflammation. Much of the GLA taken as a supplement is converted to a substance called DGLA (Dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid) that fights inflammation. Having enough of certain nutrients in the body (including magnesium, zinc, and vitamins C, B3, and B6) helps promote the conversion of GLA to DGLA. Other conditions affected by its anti-inflammatory action include rheumatoid arthritis, reducing dryness and skin irritations such as eczema and dermatitis. Because of its cooling property, Borage is used to treat fever, asthma, bronchitis, pleurisy, colds and flu.

A recent article published by the University of Maryland Medical Center lists the following conditions that benefit from the use of Borage:
Diabetic Neuropathy
Menopause symptoms
PMS symptoms
Multiple Sclerosis

Planting Instructions:
Direct sow borage seeds outdoors after danger of frost has passed 1/2 inch deep and 6 inches apart, in full sun. These herb seeds prefer fine, well-worked moist soil. Keep seedbed evenly moist until germination occurs in 10 to 14 days. When the seedlings are well established, thin the plants to stand about 12 to 18 inches apart to give bushy plants room to mature. Borage will self-sow freely in the garden and can grow in poor soils. Seedlings do not transplant well because plants have a long, fragile tap root. Borage is considered to be a liberal self-sower, dropping its own herb seeds, so you can enjoy more plants next year.

Season: Annual
Average Germ Time: 7-14 days
Light Required: Full sun to partial shade
Watering: Keep moist
Seeds per Plant: 5-6
Plant Spacing: 8-10 inches

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