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borago officinalis

By CarolG  
Borago officinalis, more commonly known as borage, is an annual wild flower rich in potassium and other nitrous salts which give it a number of medicinal uses. It has a much-branching habit, and is hairy with large, stalked leaves. The star-shaped flowers are blue and face towards the ground, similar to hellebores. Borage is used to treat inflammation, conditions of the liver and the respiratory system, scarlet fever, measles, chickenpox, acute rheumatism and rheumatic and arthritic pain. It is drunk as a tea, made from 10g of flowers to one litre of boiling water. The leaves and flowers are eaten in salads or can be cooked like spinach. The wilted leaves, used as a poultice, ripen abcesses and boils and soothe burns.

Hope everyone has better weekend weather than I have at the moment, torrential rain, gale-force winds and thunder!

Tags: General Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
19 Feb 2011 5:52AM
Three lovely images, all have fabulous detail and beautiful colour............Sandy

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
19 Feb 2011 6:56AM
A marvellous set, Carol, the detail being exquisite, as is the lighting. If I had to choose the winner it would possibly be V 3, but a difficult choice, each shot being so interesting, detailed and beautifully lit. And an interesting write up too.....did not know anything about the plant.
19 Feb 2011 7:02AM
A superb close-up with perfect write-up Carol! The blue tones make a great contrast. I will try to find this flower during the summer but i am not sure if it grows here...
wish you a happy weekend,
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2011 7:32AM
brilliant set of captures caro wonderful light and detail v3 for me today a cracker very nice one Wink
Ray42 10 3 England
19 Feb 2011 8:03AM
An excellent set Carol and a very informative write up - I shall have to get some for my arthritus
VIKI 11 18 1 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2011 8:19AM
I learn so much from your uploads. Brilliant. I love the blue!
jonwebber 9 4 1 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2011 8:28AM
Brilliant indeed. Always wondered what it looked like, we occasionally buy borage honey. Well taken.
moiral 8 12 Scotland
19 Feb 2011 8:41AM
3 gorgeous shots Carol. Lovely colours and lighting. The detail is very good. Good, interesting narrative. Moira
madbilly 9 1 4 England
19 Feb 2011 8:54AM
Nice colour and detail Carol and a nice write up too. Oh for some better weather here too

Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2011 8:58AM
Carol these are teasers! I kept looking for the inevitable insect with your signature in it! Beautiful images indeed.
acousticmist 8 10 1 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2011 9:21AM
Three superb close ups, well done..............Martin
19 Feb 2011 9:23AM
superb detail and light every pit as prickly looking as some of your bugs V3 for me click
Alvar 11 23 2 France
19 Feb 2011 9:37AM
Three lovely shots Carol.
Tomorrow !!!!! Smile
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
19 Feb 2011 9:43AM
Excellent close up with fine detail,very well taken too,
19 Feb 2011 9:44AM
another stunning set Carol
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2011 10:52AM
Well these are all so beautiful ...
Have looked so many times and one doesnt jump out at me
Sorry I cant give you the 3 votes you deserve
19 Feb 2011 10:57AM
Excellent set Carol, some nice detail captured in all 3,
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
19 Feb 2011 11:17AM
V1 & V3 for me Carol - lovely colour flower and superb detail on the buds.
hary60 9 2 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2011 11:28AM
Three excellent images V2 for me today
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
19 Feb 2011 11:59AM
Good set Carol
V1 for me!


19 Feb 2011 12:54PM
Hi Carol this is an excellent set of images, but my vote goes to V3, but nevertheless all the images are excellent.. Excellent lightning and the hairy structure looks fabulous.

19 Feb 2011 12:58PM
Hi Carol thanks for the info, great set, rubbish weather here,gray
A lovely little flower. Lovely blue.
susanbarton 10 11 1 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2011 1:14PM
Hi Carol

lovely shot of a beautiful flower, also often severd in Pimms! (so many uses)

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2011 1:25PM
I choose V3 today a very pretty flower shot with an almost unusual colour
19 Feb 2011 1:53PM
Great set & the information is a bonus.
19 Feb 2011 1:57PM
Lovely flower Smile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
19 Feb 2011 2:23PM
Fine work Carol, the detail and clarity in each is most impressive
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2011 2:32PM
beautifully lit and capture Carol
Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2011 2:37PM
So beautifully captured Carol, love the colour, and all so well captured the clarity here is stunning
Weather not too bad here, at least no wind or rain just cold)Wink but up north they have snow again!Sad
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
19 Feb 2011 4:08PM
A very beautiful shade of blue, lovely captures, Carol. Think V1 has to be my fave, it shows off those hairy bud thingies best Smile
Lotsa snow again here this morning Sad But at least it's now melting Smile
Trev Smile
19 Feb 2011 4:31PM
More fabulous images and interesting write up .Gill
19 Feb 2011 4:37PM
Beautiful detailed images Carol - V1 is my fav !

EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
19 Feb 2011 5:38PM
Coming to this late in the day, sorry, but visitors this weekend. I love this flower. Used to grow it in my farmhouse garden where it popped up all over the place. Gather it is lovely in a Pimms too, along with all those other uses! Lovely detail and colour in this set. We had snow this morning, by the way!

Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2011 6:01PM
wow. great work in this set, the colour and detail are really amazing. Gorgeous work

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
19 Feb 2011 6:28PM
Beautiful flowers Carol. All are lovely, I think it would be invidious to choose one more than another.
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
19 Feb 2011 6:30PM
Three beauties Carol with terrific detail, tones and textures in all. I particularly like the angle and the presentation in V2 - makes this gorgeous flower look so exotic and mysterious. Super narrative too.
19 Feb 2011 6:39PM
Lovely lighting and sharp detailed close ups Carol and wonderful colour of the flower. Gary
goso 11 2 1 Australia
19 Feb 2011 7:25PM
All good Carol, but definitely #1 for me today - well done...Bill
Pegon 12 78 1 England
19 Feb 2011 9:27PM
Lovely detail and colour Carol, 3 cracking images.
19 Feb 2011 11:09PM
Three beautiful Borage images Carol; the blue is such a striking colour, and I never cease to be amazed by Olly's DOF especially in v.1. Superb. Beautiful and healing plant images.
LexEquine 12 19 United States
19 Feb 2011 11:28PM
Excellent set of detailed & colored captures, of this exotic blue-colored & medicinal flower, Carol. v1 would be my favorite picture, Today. Hope that your Weekend in Crete, will be getting better soon.
Anjantoo 10 7 1 England
20 Feb 2011 12:34AM
You mean you really do have bad weather in Crete!
Beautiful captures, love the way you have presented them, especially V2.
fudgy 7 48 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2011 1:51AM
wow what a write up , fascinating Smile

beautiful shot and amazing colour going on Smile
20 Feb 2011 7:14AM
Three stunning captures and a great write up! A
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
20 Feb 2011 9:16AM
Love the blue hue this flower,lovely detail as ever carol.

(No,2 is up,stark in comparision to no, 1)

Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
20 Feb 2011 12:39PM
This is superb Carol . Gave it an AWARD xxx The blue is dazzling and the detail of it's hairiness is first class xxx
brilliant shots carol,love your presentation,and that powder blue colour,WOW.ray

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