Borage Seeds - Blue
- Seed Count: 60 Seeds.
- Maturity Date: 50-55 Days from Planting/Transplanting.
- Plant Height: 24-36 inches.
- Flavor Profile: Similar to cucumber.
- Flower Color: Vibrant blue.
- Edible Parts: Both leaves and flowers.
- Other Names: Starflower.
- Preferred Conditions: Well-drained soil and full sun.
Originating in the Mediterranean region, Blue Borage, colloquially called the "Starflower," has graced European gardens since the medieval period. Historically, this plant wasn't just appreciated for its aesthetic appeal; it was highly sought after for its medicinal benefits. Over time, as its culinary potential was uncovered, it seamlessly transitioned from an apothecary's essential to a chef's favorite.
The versatility of Blue Borage makes it a staple in both traditional and modern kitchens. Its leaves offer a refreshing cucumber-like taste, finding their way into salads, cocktails, and even certain desserts. But it's not just about taste; the aesthetic appeal is undeniable. The radiant blue flowers are not merely for show; they are entirely edible. Whether used as a garnish atop gourmet dishes or floated in summer cocktails, they add both flavor and a touch of elegance.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions:
Blue Borage, in all its beauty, is also a robust plant, adaptable to various conditions. For optimal growth, however, it does favor well-drained soil and locations that receive ample sunlight. When planting, sow the seeds between 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep in the soil, ensuring they are spaced at intervals of around 12 inches. As the plant matures, it reaches heights between 2-3 feet and can spread out, creating a lush, blue-flowered canopy. When integrated into garden layouts, it provides both height variation and a splash of color, making it a visually captivating addition to any garden.