Borago officinalis

Family: Boraginaceae

Common names: BORAGE, TAILWORT

Native to: Europe

Sentiment: courage


Type: annual

Forms: clumping, erect

Max height: 2 feet

Max width: 1.5 feet


blue/green, secondary color present




Attracts wildlife: adult butterfly

Edible: herb

Exposure: part shade

Propagates by: seed

flowers in summer

Soil type: loam

USDA Zones: zone 5 to -20 f, zone 6 to -10 f, zone 7 to 0 f, zone 8 to +10 f, zone 9 to +20 f, zone 10 to +30 f

Temp. range: -20 to +40 °F

Water: drought tolerant, moderate

  • Borago officinalis
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Edible plants - annuals

This vegetable garden plant can be grown from seed. These seeds can be purchased for use by home gardeners. The varieties on this site have been carefully screened - culled from over 1,000 offerings - and were selected as the best plants for vegetable gardens. There are other varieties, not shown, that are grown by large producers and farmers. Some of the varieties shown, either organic or heirloom, may be grown early in the season, or late, or are vegetables good for containers.We encourage you to take a look online for additional information about this particular variety.