Borage (Borago officinalis), also known as starflower, bee bush, bee bread, and bugloss, is a medicinal herb with edible leaves and flowers. In my garden, borage and sunflowers share the honor of being bee hot-spots. It's not only a favorite plant of the honey bees, but also bumble bees and small, native bees.
What do you use borage for?
Borage is a plant. Its flowers and leaves, as well as the oil from its seeds are used as medicine. Borage seed oil is used for skin disorders including eczema (atopic dermatitis), seborrheic dermatitis, and neurodermatitis. Borage is also used to increase breast milk production and to treat bronchitis and colds.
Is Borage an annual or perennial?
The plant grows up to 3 feet tall, producing a continuous bloom, all the way to frost. Native to southern Europe and Asia Minor, Borage is a herb that is an excellent companion plant, and has medicinal and culinary applications. Most varieties are annuals. But, there are some perennials.