Borago officinalis.  Produces small blue star-shaped edible flowers with a mild peppery, cucumber-like flavour.  Used in salads and Pimm’s.

Grow from seed from May to July.

Interesting random facts:

  • Jane Austen and her sisters grew borage in their cottage garden.  (They were adept gardeners and grew plants for a range of culinary and medicinal uses.)
  • The distinctive purple/blue five-pointed star-shaped flowers feature regularly in medieval tapestries and embroidered fabrics.