Borage. Also known as Burrage or Bugloss.
Borage is a hardy, annual, self-seeding herb which grows easily in most Australian climates.
It grows to 60-100cm high and will produce a blue star shaped flower during warm months before the plant dies off for winter. Due to the proficient self-seeding ability of this herb, it will bounce back in spring. The leaves may be bristly and sit atop a stem covered in prickly white hairs.
Borage is known for attracting bees and wasps to the garden.
The oil in borage contains gamma-linolenic acid which is transformed by the body into a substance similar to hormones, which effect the body by having anti-inflammatory actions and encouraging the thinning of blood vessels. It is also thought to assist in treating rheumatoid arthritis and lung function. Some people use it as a decongestant and possibly as an anti-depressant.
The taste of borage is similar to that of cucumber, meaning it can be used for a wide variety of purposes in the kitchen. It’s leaves can be used in salads and the flowers as edible decorations. Borage can also be used in soups, drinks or jams.