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.