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  Borago officinalis L.
  Family Name : Boraginaceae

  Common Names : Borage, Starflower

  Chinese Name : 琉璃苣

 
Borage,Starflower
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Herbaceous Plant
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Annual
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Europe
      Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal, Temperate
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: An herb grows 0.3-0.9 m tall. 
      Foliage: The alternate leaves are hairy, oval with waving margins.
      Stems: The branched stem is coarse with white hairs.
      Flowers: Flowers are borne in reddish stems. Each flower has five pinkish-red sepals and five blue petals. The sepals are star-shaped and covered with white hairs.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Edible Plant Parts (Edible Leaves; Edible Flowers; Edible Seeds)
      Food (Fruit & Vegetable: Leaves can be consumed raw as salads or cooked. They are slao used to make drinks. Flowers are also edible, but more often, they are used as decorative garnish on dishes or drinks.)
      Medicinal
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Well-Drained Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Flowerbed / Border, Container Planting
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Pollination Method(s) :
      Biotic (Fauna) (Insects (Bee))
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
      Seed
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Hairy / Hirsute
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      Blue
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Seed Colour(s) :
      Brown
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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