Big fuzzy plant bears uncommonly true-blue flowers which are prized for garnishes and salads from late spring into fall. Candied borage flowers make attractive cake decorations. Borage flowers and leaves are the traditional decoration for gin-based summer cocktails and may be frozen in ice cubes to garnish other drinks. The flowers may be dried to add color to potpourri.
Borage repels tomato worms and cabbage worms andbecause borage attracts beneficial insects, including bees and tiny wasps. Borage is also reputed to improve the flavor and growth of strawberries by adding trace minerals to the soil. Borage leaves contain potassium, calcium and Vitamin C, and because borage leaves are rich in minerals and vitamins, the leaves make great mulch for most vegetables.