White Borage is a robust variety that has bright green bristly leaves and striking white flowers which blooms throughout the summer. It is identical in growth habit to its blue counterpart, growing to a 2 to 3 foot tall bush that is slightly narrower in width. Stalks of white borage tend to be a bit sturdier, and the plant usually blooms slightly later in the season than its blue cousin. Both share the same large, fuzzy oval-shaped leaves. Their wrinkly, grey-green colored leaves are best described by the Arabic name ‘lisan atheur’, which aptly describes the shape and texture of the leaf as the ‘tongue of the bull.
The tiny flowers are star-shaped with five ivory white colored petals. From the center of the flower protrudes blackish brown anthers that form a cone shape. Borage grows well in a position with full sun and will tolerate partial shade. The plants will happily grow in just about any soil type as long as it drains well and likes to be kept somewhat moist throughout the growing season.
Borage Culinary Uses
With a taste comparable to that of cucumber, it has various culinary applications. The leaves can be used as a salad green and the flowers as edible decorations. This herb can also be used in soups, salads, borage-lemonade, strawberry-borage cocktails, preserves, borage jelly, various sauces, cooked as a stand-alone vegetable, or used in desserts in the form of fresh or candied flowers, to name a few.
How to grow White Borage
- Grown from seed, borage can be started indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost or direct seeded just after the danger of frost has passed.
- Plant the small, black seeds just beneath the surface of the soil and thin seedlings to at least one foot apart.
- Trim back occasionally to keep plants tidy and upright.
- It is a good companion plant and mulch for most plants, being an excellent source of minerals, especially calcium and potassium.
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