Bees Love Borage
In the Herb/Cutting Bed, we’re growing Borage (Borago officinalis) for the first time. I decided to give it a try for the little blue flowers (I love blue flowers), but also because I’ve heard that it’s a great plant for bees.
This is one of those plants that is covered in little hairs. The hairs catch the late afternoon light in an appealing way.
The bees in the front garden have confirmed the rumors about bees liking Borage. They are always hanging around the flowers.
Borage leaves are eaten cooked or raw in parts of Spain, Italy, and Germany. The flowers can also be eaten. Judy and I haven’t tried it yet, though.
It’s also been used medicinally to treat a variety of ailments. People make it into a tea or take it as Borage seed oil. I’m not sure if its efficacy has ever been scientifically documented.
All I know is that I like the flowers, and the bees like the flowers, and I like that the bees like the flowers.
My understanding also is that Borage self-sows freely, so that once you have Borage you will always have Borage. But I’m fine with that.
Do you grow Borage, and have you tried eating it?