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Borage, while not native, is a beneficial addition to a vegetable garden. Its blue star-shaped flowers attract pollinators, improving fruit set for many crops. The plant's leaves can be chopped and added to compost, enriching the soil with nutrients.

Borage also acts as a natural pest repellent, deterring harmful insects like hornworms and cabbage worms. Its deep taproot helps break up compacted soil and brings up nutrients from deeper layers. Overall, borage enhances biodiversity, supports beneficial insects, and contributes to a healthier garden ecosystem.

Borage thrives in full sun but does better in partial shade, here in Florida. It prefers well-drained soil with moderate fertility and pH levels between 6.0 and 7.0. Drought-tolerant once established but benefits from regular watering, particularly during dry spells. It's a self-seeding annual that grows best from direct seeding in the garden, as it doesn't transplant well. Plant seeds about 1/4 inch deep and 12 to 18 inches apart in the spring after the last frost date. Borage is known for its rapid growth and can reach heights of 2 to 3 feet, so provide adequate spacing between plants.

Borage - Borago officinalis, non-native

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