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Herb Description: Native to the Mediterranean region, its summer-long growth of blue star-shaped flowers make borage one of the most attractive herbs to bees and other beneficial insects. Because of its pleasant cucumber like flavor, borage has traditionally been used to infuse drinks; the flowers were preserved or candied. Their lovely form and color make this herb a common subject in tapestries and embroidery work of the Middle Ages. Early historian Gerard states that borage is effective "for the comfort of the heart, for the driving away of sorrow and increasing the joy of the minde." Currently, commercial growers produce borage for the oil in its seeds. This oil has a high percentage of gamma-linolenic acid, an essential omega-6 fatty acid that plays a crucial part in the growth of skin cells.
Herb Botanical Name: Borago officials
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Herb Duration: Annual
Days to Herb Maturity: 80
Herb Seeds Per Oz: 1400
Herb Height: 18” to 36”
Herb Spacing: 6 in to 24 in
Herb Planting: Direct sow seeds outdoors in the fall, or moist stratify for a time in the refrigerator.
Herb Seed Saving: Allow seed heads to dry on plants; then remove them and collect the seeds. Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds. Clean and dry the seeds before storage in cool dry conditions.
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