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Borage

Borago officinalis

Plant Data

Order:
Boraginales
Family:
Boraginaceae (Borage)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
5 narrow bright blue petals that are pointed and borne in clusters.
Fruit:
The fruit is composed of dark brown or black nutlets in groups of 4. The nutlets are ridged.
Leaves:
Dark green, prickly, pointed, oval and wavy-edged. The leaves are covered in a fine white bristle which can sometimes give the plant a woolly or silvery appearance.
Maximum Size:
30cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The flowers, leaves and stalks are all edible and taste of cucumber.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
The flowers and leaves smell of cucumber.
Other Names:
Bee Plant, Beebread, Bugloss, Burrage, Common Bugloss, Cool Tankard, Ox's Tongue, Starflower, Tailwort, Talewort.
Habitats:
Gardens, wasteland.