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Please help: This came out of a bag of mixed seeds ...

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Prokupatuscrakedatus Thu 25-May-17 16:23:00

of kitchen herbs. But what is it? It doesn't look herblike to me.

FlaviaAlbia Thu 25-May-17 16:28:58

That looks a bit like comfrey to me, except more grey than I'd expect...

gleam Thu 25-May-17 16:32:17


Vebrithien Thu 25-May-17 16:32:26

Could it possibly be borage? Slightly furry leaves, with deep veins? If so, the flowers are usually a stunning deep blue star, lots of them on one stalk. Flowers are edible, nice in a salad and the bees adore them.

AdaColeman Thu 25-May-17 16:39:19

Another vote for borage, do the leaves smell a bit like cucumber? If it is borage the flowers are lovely, an intense blue with a black centre, float two or three in a glass of prosecco or any fizz for summer delight.

Prokupatuscrakedatus Thu 25-May-17 16:39:21

Thanks for the suggestion.
I just googled comfrey - the pictures look similar but there's no way the seeds of this plant would be sold as a kitchen seed (together with basil, tyme, dill etc). It's a regulated plant.

Vebrithien and Flavia:
Borage - that seems more likely. Off to google borage and its uses....

Vebrithien Thu 25-May-17 16:41:32


Vebrithien Thu 25-May-17 16:43:56


FlaviaAlbia Thu 25-May-17 16:44:11

Yeah, it's not a kitchen herb though there's a sterile variety that won't overgrow your garden.

Prokupatuscrakedatus Thu 25-May-17 16:44:42

... and yes to the cucumber smell. I went out an crushed a tiny leaf.
So borage it is.

Thank you all.

MrsBertBibby Thu 25-May-17 19:10:33

What do you mean by "regulated plant?"

I have one in the wild bit of my garden, by the compost heaps.

Prokupatuscrakedatus Thu 25-May-17 19:54:33

Regulated plant is probably not the correct English expression.

What I meant is, that because of its medicinal properties it is not sold in seed bags for kitchen use and its medicinal use seems to be regulated. The plant itself can grow wherever it finds a place smile, but I would not be allowed to use it in herbal remedies if I wanted to sell them.

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