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Borage seeds – Borago officinalis - Organic - Herb

Type: Hardy Annual
Approximate height: Up to 60 cm
Flowering Time: Early summer into autumn
Site and soil type: Any reasonably well-drained soil in sun or partial shade
When to sow: Spring, early summer or early autumn
Where to sow: Outside, direct into soil or under cover, into biodegradable pots.
Packet contents: Approximately 100 organically grown seeds / 2g

Also known as Cool Tankard and Tailwort, Borage has bright blue starry flowers throughout the summer which are loved by bees.

It is often grown around field edges by farmers to attract pollinators to crops and will flower for months in your garden. It will often set seed and self-seeded and direct sown plants seem to be much sturdier than inside sown/transplanted plants. 

The hairy leaves have a cucumber flavour and can be added to drinks such as Pimms, (as can the edible flowers which look great frozen into ice cubes.

Borage attracts / provides food for the following creatures:

  • Honey bees and short-tongued bumble-bees 
  • Jersey Tiger moth 🐛
  • 🦇 
  • 🦇 (RHS)
  • An "RHS Plants for Pollinators" plant **

All our seed packets include sowing instructions.

Jemima’s Garden seeds are plastic free and reyclable. They’re contained in an inner glassine envelope, (made from pine wood cellulose), and an outer Kraft paper seed packet. Any shipping packaging is also plastic free and recyclable.

Key to symbols:

🐛 A food plant for the caterpillar

🦋 Provides nectar for the adult moth or butterfly

🦇 Listed in: Bat Conservation Trust Encouraging bats, A guide for bat-friendly gardening and living

🦇 (RHS)  Listed in the RHS Plants for Bats list

** RHS Plants for Pollinators. The RHS Plants for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects. Find out more at

** The Royal Horticultural Society, and its logo, are trade marks of The Royal Horticultural Society (Registered Charity No 222879/SC038262) and used under licence.