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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
borage cool tankard
Borago can be annuals or perennials, with coarsely hairy stems and simple leaves, with branched cymes of blue flowers
B. officinalis is a large, branched annual with coarsely hairy, ovate leaves and branched cymes of starry, bright blue flowers 2cm across over a long period in summer
Habit Spreading / Branched
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing
Exposure Sheltered or Exposed
SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Easy to grow in any reasonably drained soil in sun or partial shade. Dislikes transplanting
Propagate by seed
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds
Cottage & Informal Garden Wildlife Gardens
Pruning Leave to self-seed after flowering
Pests Foliage may be damaged by slugs and leaf-mining flies
May be affected by powdery mildews
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