What are the pros? easy to grow, great blooms
What are the cons? prickly, larger than expected
Borage sometimes grows wild in vacant lots and parks and fields up here on the PNW coast, and only grows two feet high at most, with a few dainty blue flowers. I planted borage as a filler in between tomatoes in my garden this year.
To my surprise, my Baker Creek borage seeds it shot up four feet tall before the end of May, and developed huge clusters of flowers. The thick stalks actually provide great support for my tomato plants, so it worked out.
The flowers are stunning, bright blue and pink, and some have a mottled appearance like tie-dye.
My borage plants are very hairy and prickly, so I don't plan on eating them. I just grow them for the local pollinators. The leaves are a hit with the neighbor's chickens, as well.
It wasn't what I expected, and it may have taken over my garden, but it has been a fun plant to grow.
I will definitely save a space or two for borage next year.
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