and once planted will self seed. I have sown borage at my allotment, on a sunny day it is full of bees, hoverflies& butterflies. I still have borage
flowering on my plot in mid October, this supports butterflies,moths and bees. It is growing in my strawberry bed, but it is also considered a good companion plant for tomatoes, and squash.
Borage is also called starflower and the young leaves and flowers can be used in drinks, it has a delightful lavour and it is also reputed to have an abilitity to dispel depressed
moods. The Greeks called it the herb of gladness.
The leaves either fresh or dried make a makes a lovely herbal tea either as a hot tisane or as an iced tea. It is an ingredient in Pims. You can also add the flowers to a drink - indian tea, china tea, wine, lemonade, fruit cup. The flowers look lovely frozen in ice cubes.
The young leaves and flowers are delicious when added to salads, or in put into a sandwich with
cream cheese or uadded to yoghurt dressing to make a dressing. Borage has a cucumber flavour. It is better not to eat the older leaves as they grow tough and hairy! A word of caution if the leaves are eaten in excess they may damage the liver.
Borage flowers has been used for centuries used for inflammatory and rheumatic conditions and as a diuretic. It is also used to treat depression. The flowers made into oil , sometimes called starflower oil
in health food stores, is rich in (gla) omega 6 fatty acids and is being used to help with memory loss.