Native to Syria, borage is a bristly, hairy annual plant that grows between 60 – 100 centimetres. The leaves are alternate, simple, and 5–15 centimetres in length, while its blue, white or pink flowers have 5 narrow, triangular petals and bloom in late Spring to mid Summer. Its dark green leaves are slightly curled and its fruit consists of dark brown seeds in groups of four. It is a plant attractive to pollinating bees and as such is a popular companion herb to tomatoes, strawberries and squash. The leaves and flowers of borage are edible, with a mild flavour likened to cucumber and often used as a salad herb or to decorate desserts.