Wild borage

At this time of year it’s difficult not to miss the wild borage, with its large dark oval leaves covered in fine silvery hair. It grows wild in the valley, like a weed and is just becoming noticeable. We have two plants in our herb bed and I swear they’ve shot up six inches overnight and now have three huge flower buds each.

[photo: Wikipedia]

[photo: Wikipedia]

The flowers around here are blue, although I have seen white and pale pink versions elsewhere. Our plant book describes it as an annual but maybe that’s just in the UK because here it behaves like a perennial. I’ve added the star-shaped flowers to salads, very pretty, and made tea with the leaves in a herb tea mixture of anything culled from our herb garden – mint, sage, thyme, rosemary, parsley, wild fennel.
5 to remember
la borraja – borage
óvalo/a – oval
plateado/a – silvery
la hoja – leaf
perenne – perennial [plant]

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