Borage is an annual that will self-sow and return year after year in most areas. It grows two to three feet tall and is covered with blue, star-shaped flowers from June to August.
The edible flowers make an attractive addition to summertime drinks, either floated on the surface or frozen into ice cubes. Each packet contains two grams, which is approximately 100 seeds.
Borage has probably been used by people since prehistoric times. Pedanius Dioscorides
, the ancient physician and author of the original De Materia Medica
, wrote of the plant's properties in the 1st Century as did Pliny the Elder