Borage - Borago officinalis


Bristly plant about 50 cm in height. Flowers bright blue with a whitish centre, 20 to 25 mm half nodding and rather star shaped, with spreading pointed lobes and a prominent cone of purple black stamens, borne in broad branched cymes.

Identification difficulty

Gardens, cultivated land, waste ground and waysides.

When to see it

May to September.

Life History

Annual, occasionally overwintering. Most records are probably casuals or garden escapes.

UK Status

Widespread, particularly in England but often casual and rarely plentiful.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. Borage was not recorded the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map