Name That Flower: May 2020

This cool-season annual features showy blue flowers that feed garden pollinators in late winter through spring. The stems and leaves of this 1- to 3-foot tall plant are covered in bristly hairs. Native to the western and central Mediterranean region, this low-maintenance plant thrives in full sun with moderate watering needs. It is easy to grow, readily re-seeds in Houston winter gardens, and dies in summer.

The edible leaves of this plant are said to taste like cucumber and honey. Serve the leaves in salads, as a garnish in cold drinks, or as cooked greens. Its blue, star-shaped flowers taste great in drinks or sprinkled in a salad for a punch of color.

Reveal: Borage (Borago officinalis) in the Boraginaceae family.

Did you know? The genus name Borago comes from the Latin word Burra, which means “hairy garment.” The stems and leaves of some species in this genus have a hairy texture.

Note: Borage seeds contain a toxin that may be harmful to humans.  Minor side effects include bloating and headaches. The culinary uses of plants listed here are for informational purposes only.