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Slender Borage

Borago pygmaea

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Boraginaceae (Borage)
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
60 centimetres tall
Gardens, wasteland.

Blue, 5 petals
Pale blue, bell-shaped or star-shaped flowers. Erect petals which hide the stamens.
The fruit is an obovate achene.
Hairy, oval to lance-shaped, bristly, dark green leaves. Perennial.
Other Names:
Bell-flowered Borage, Dwarf Borage, Prostrate Borage, Pygmy Borage, Small Borage.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

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Borago pygmaea, also known as small borage or pygmy borage, is a annual flowering plant that is native to Mediterranean regions. It is a member of the Boraginaceae family and is closely related to other members of the Borago genus, such as borage and forget-me-nots. The plant is known for its clusters of blue, star-shaped flowers that are borne on short, hairy stems above the foliage. It has hairy, green leaves and grows to be about 6-12 inches tall. B. pygmaea is a popular garden plant and is often used as an ornamental plant or in herb gardens. It is a hardy plant that is easy to grow and is tolerant of a wide range of soil types, but it prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. The plant is attractive to pollinators and is a popular nectar source for bees, butterflies, and other insects. It is also used medicinally in some traditional cultures and has been used to treat a variety of ailments, including respiratory problems and skin irritation. The leaves, flowers, and oil of the plant are also used in cooking and are known for their cucumber-like flavor.


Slender Borage, also known as Borago pygmaea, is a low-growing annual plant that is native to the Mediterranean region. This plant is commonly used in rock gardens and borders, as it provides a delicate, yet vibrant pop of blue to garden landscapes.

The slender borage plant grows to be about 6-12 inches tall and features delicate, hairy leaves and stems. Its blue, star-shaped flowers bloom from late spring to early summer and attract a variety of pollinators, including bees and butterflies.

In addition to its ornamental appeal, the slender borage plant is also edible. The leaves and flowers have a mild cucumber-like flavor and can be used to add a touch of freshness to salads, sandwiches, and other dishes. The seeds of the plant are also high in Omega-3 fatty acids and can be used as a natural source of these essential nutrients.

Growing slender borage is relatively easy, as the plant is highly adaptable and can grow in a variety of soils, including sandy and rocky soils. It also requires minimal care, with the exception of regular watering during periods of drought.

In terms of propagation, slender borage is best started from seed. The seeds can be sown directly in the garden in the spring, or they can be started indoors a few weeks before the last frost date. When starting the seeds indoors, be sure to provide them with plenty of light and keep the soil moist.

When planting slender borage outdoors, it is important to choose a location that receives full sun to partial shade. The plant can also tolerate hot and dry conditions, making it an ideal choice for drought-tolerant gardens. Additionally, slender borage is a self-seeding plant, which means that it will reseed itself each year and return to your garden year after year.

While slender borage is generally low maintenance, it is important to keep an eye out for pests and diseases. Common garden pests such as aphids, caterpillars, and slugs may feed on the plant, so it is a good idea to inspect the plant regularly and treat any infestations promptly. Additionally, the plant is susceptible to powdery mildew, a common fungal disease that can cause yellowing of the leaves and a white powdery coating on the foliage. To prevent powdery mildew, be sure to provide adequate air circulation around the plant and avoid overhead watering.

In conclusion, slender borage is an excellent addition to any garden, as it provides both ornamental and culinary benefits. Its delicate blue flowers and adaptable growing conditions make it an ideal choice for gardeners of all levels, and its low-growing nature makes it a great option for rock gardens and borders.