Saturday, 17th November 2018 08:56am

Close up of green hairy leaves and small open blue flower

Morning world, bore da byd! Borage Borago officinalis is amazing, an herbaceous, hairy-leaved perennial that grows to 0.6m by 0.3m, with brilliant blue flowers from May to August. It’s a member of the Boraginaceae family, the same as comfrey, which means it’s a good mineral accumulator with a deep tap root. It’s also a fantastic pollinator friendly flower (which can re-fill depleted nectar in 5 minutes!). The flowers are used in salads and Pimms 🍸, and a common name is Cool Tankard.

Errata: this is actually Pentaglottis sempervirens (Green Alkanet), a member of the borage family! Thank you #Wildflowerhour for correction 🙂