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Borago officinalis

Bourrache
Borage

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

blue

Flower size

20-25 mm

Flowering months

February,

March,

April,

May,

June

Leaf type

Lanceolate,

Elliptic

Height

60 cm

Description

A bristly, hairy annual, sometimes biennial, native to the Mediterranean area.

Dry grassy areas, roadsides, waste ground.

Flowers

The flowers are sky-blue, five-petalled with black anthers shaped to a point.

Leaves

Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle, Elliptic oval leaf. Basal leaves: oval, long, wider in the middle, pointed, with stalks, 3-11 cm long.
Stem leaves: stalkless, long, wider in the middle, pointed.

Fruits Seeds

Nut: 4 small brownish-black nuts hidden in the calyx.

Edible

Leaves and flowers: in moderation, contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids that may cause liver damage or liver cancer.

Medical

Seeds: are safe to use. Seed oil is a rich source of gamma-linolenic acids used nutritionally and to regulate the hormonal system; also to treat high cholesterol and cardiovascular problems.

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