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Borage - Kew Pollination CollectionBorago officinalisTailwort, Talewort

Hardy Annual

What is Hardy Annual?
A plant that completes its entire life cycle (growth, reproduction, death) in one season.
Capable of withstanding outdoor winter temperatures down to -15C.

£3.99

These packets are produced in association with Kew Gardens

A magnet for Bees

A useful culinary and medicinal herb

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Height Up to 60cm (24in)
Spread Up to 45cm (18in)

Hardy Annual

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Description

Thompson & Morgan is delighted to work alongside the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to offer special seed collections to home gardeners. This Kew Pollinators Collection has been specially selected by The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

A beautiful hardy annual herb with rough leaves covered in silvery hairs and the most attractive celestial blue flowers. Nectar rich borage flowers are particularly attractive to pollinating insects, including bees which make distinctive flavoured borage honey. This versatile upright herb has a multitude of uses - add the cucumber flavoured leaves to summer drinks and salads, grow it as a companion plant close to other crops to attract pollinating insects, and at the end of the season plants make a useful bulky addition to the compost. Height: 60cm (24"). Spread: 45cm (18").

Medicinal note: Borage herb is a fine source of calcium and potassium and is recommended for toning up the glandular system, and all bronchial, lung and chest disorders. However you should always check with your doctor before using herbs for medicinal purposes.



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Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.


1 packet (100 borage seeds) (KB7560)

Sowing
Direct sow borage seeds outdoors where they are to grow from March to May. Borage seed germinates best at a temperature of around 15-25C (59-77F). Borage will grow in most soils but prefers a position in full sun on well drained soil which has been raked to a fine tilth. When growing Borage, sow seeds thinly, at a depth of 6mm (¼") in drills spaced 30cm (12") apart and cover seed with its own depth of soil to exclude light. Water the ground regularly, especially during dry periods. When seedlings are large enough to handle, thin them to 23cm (9") apart.
More Info
Borage plants will self seed freely if left unchecked. If seedlings are not wanted, deadhead faded borage flowers as the blooms fade.
Delivery

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