One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A herbaceous plant with bright blue flowers and hairy leaves, used medicinally and as a salad green.
Borago officinalis, family Boraginaceae (the borage family). This family includes many plants that typically have blue or purple flowers, including forget-me-not, comfrey, and bugloss
- ‘Imagine my delight then when I popped into the organic shop and saw not only bountiful bags of salad but salad with flowers, the edible kind like nasturtiums, borage, wild pansies and pot marigolds.’
- ‘Sprinkle with chopped mint or coriander and some bright petals - calendula, borage, courgette flowers or anything edible.’
- ‘Other flower petal choices are rose, nasturtium, borage, dandelions and violets.’
- ‘This oil is derived from the seeds of the borage plant.’
- ‘Coriander, oregano, camomile, and borage are both blue and white flowered and if happy self-seed all over the place.’
- ‘Try fennel for the Anise Swallowtail; lupine for blues; hollyhocks and borage for the Painted Lady; and grasses for satyrs and skippers.’
- ‘Begin planting borage or marigold with your potatoes and notice the difference it makes.’
- ‘I haven't yet done anything with my borage because, well, neither the flowers nor the leaves taste like much of anything, and the stalks are stingy and unpleasant to the touch.’
- ‘Painted Ladies, which instinctively lay their eggs on thistle plants, also find an acceptable substitute in the hairy leaves of borage.’
- ‘We've got hawthorn, gingko, elder, mullein, lavender, sage, thyme, echinacea, borage, yarrow and plenty of pine trees.’
- ‘Candied borage flowers make beautiful decorations for cakes and pastries, and it's easy to do.’
- ‘Edible flowers such as nasturtium, calendula, and borage do well at the base.’
- ‘Some 3 percent of all flowering plants produce these chemicals, including such herbal-garden favorites as borage and comfrey.’
- ‘The motorway verges and embankments have been sown with wildflower seed which are now producing traditional meadow plants, including borage, primula and oxeye daisies.’
- ‘Collect herb flowers such as borage and chamomile just before full flowering.’
- ‘The wild olive is a member of the borage family that matures to about 20 feet in height and has a rounded crown on a short trunk.’
- ‘Adventurous herbalists like to experiment with basil, oregano and rosemary, also including the more exotic plants like sweet woodruff, lemon grass and borage.’
- ‘A member of the borage family, common heliotrope is one of about 250 Heliotropium species, but it is the only one widely grown in gardens.’
- ‘If you experience the redness and flaking of chronic dry skin, dermatitis, and eczema, get to know borage oil, extracted from the borage plant.’
- ‘This is simply an extension of the local habit of continually wandering about tweaking bits of tasty food off the hillsides: wild asparagus, mushrooms, fennel, borage, wild garlic, lemons.’
Middle English: from Old French bourrache, from medieval Latin borrago, perhaps from Arabic 'abū ḥurāš ‘father of roughness’ (referring to the leaves).
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