Gardening Questions And Answers
The toxic properties of the borage plant include tannins and mucilage. Both of these substances are toxic to cats, and can cause damage in the liver and kidneys. The borage plant, also known as the starflower, is an herb that is incredibly toxic to cats. The plant may also cause mild skin irritation in humans.
June and July are heralded by the presence of the borage flower, an appealing, small, brilliant blue bloom with attractive qualities. Indeed, the plant should be included in the butterfly garden and brings pollinators to your veggies. The oval leaves are hairy and rough with the lower foliage pushing 6 inches (15 cm.)
Grown from seed, borage can be started indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost or direct seeded just after the danger of frost has passed. Plant the small, black seeds just beneath the surface of the soil and thin seedlings to at least one foot apart. Trim back occasionally to keep plants tidy and upright.
Unfortunately, these plants are not good for your dog or other small animals, causing intestinal upset, respiratory distress, and can be fatal if not treated right away. If you think your dog has eaten borage, it is essential to take your furry friend to the veterinarian or animal hospital right away.
Growing Borage It grows best in full sun, although it tolerates partial shade. It needs an area protected from high winds, which can knock the plant over. Unless your soil is very poor, borage probably won’t need to be fertilized. Cut the leaves throughout the growing season to eat and harvest the flowers, as well.
Borage can thrive even in dry, nutrient-poor soils. However, it prefers a moderately moist, well-drained soil. It also can tolerate a fairly wide soil pH range, though it likes a slightly acidic soil. Amending your soil with organic matter, such as compost, will help to give your plants a nutritional boost.
Borage seed oil is LIKELY UNSAFE when products containing a dangerous chemicals called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) are taken by mouth. Borage plant parts including the leaf, flower, and seed can contain PAs. PAs can damage the liver or cause cancer, especially when used in high doses or for a long time.
Borage is a plant I like to have in my gardens. A mature plant is rather bushy, so take into account its mature height (3 ft) and spread (2ft) when planning its future location. It’s growth habit also makes it susceptible to being blown over by the wind. Although an annual, borage will readily reseed […]