It’s a weed here in Kentucky, but I grow it anyway. It has medicinal uses, which I’ve never tried. It has culinary uses, which I’ve never tried. It has hairy flowers that are pretty, the biggest reason I grow borage [Borago officinals].
For several years I’ve planned to make a June Punch recipe from the big Caprilands herb farm book. It uses several cups of borage leaves that you steep overnight. This year I’m going to make that punch, and I’m committing to it here. Will provide you pics and reviews when I make it.
Oh, why is borage thoughtful? If you notice in my pic, most of the flowers are blue but some are pink. Pink borage flowers are unpollinated; when they are pollinated the flowers change to blue. I just think they’re pretty but if you’re a bird or perhaps an insect, I guess this sort of thing is useful. Here’s a short UK description of the petal color changes. http://www.uky.edu/Ag/HLA/Geneve/teaching/PLS%20220/Flowerpetals.pdf and here is a general description of borage in Kentucky. Short version: it’s a self-seeding annual that is drought resistant and tough. BTW, those flowers are edible and so are the leaves. It looks and grows like a weed. http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Horticulture/gardenflowers/babz.htm#Borago Here’s pics of my borage