Borage is a superstar nectar plant for the bees. Borage can be planted in early spring and grows like a weed. Once the blooms start in the summer they last all the way through fall and in my case they tolerated a fair amount of frost. From my notes I found bees on borage for 3 straight months here in Maine.
Five reasons to grow borage for bees:
1 The bees love it. It is the go to plant in my yard if bees are flying.
2 It is so easy to plant (from seed) that a child could successfully plant it; perfect pollinator project for kids!
3 They bloom well into the fall and are the last flowers in my yard except hawkweed.
4 They will self seed very well once established.
5 Organic borage seeds (buying organic is important on many levels) are readily available.
If you are looking for great nectar producing, green and blue, vascular, edible plants then borage is for you. If you like taking pictures of honeybees, and other bee pictures or you just like taking pictures of plants then a few borage plants will work for you.
If there were a single plant that could create excitement for the whole family this would be it. Bug peepers of all ages can watch as the worker bees go from blossom to blossom gathering nectar. There is no better way to start learning all about bees, the different types of bees, or other pollinators than growing borage plants for the bees.