Biennial/ sometimes perennial medicinal plant related to borage and having many of the same medicinal qualities. Traditionally also used to treat snakebites and to promote healing and expel toxins. The leaves are rather hairy, sometimes even prickly, and can cause dermatological sensitivity in some people. However, the young leaves if finely chopped can be used as a spinach substitute either raw or cooked. The root can also be used to produce a red dye. The flowers start pinkish and open to blue with pink stamens, and are adored by bees and butterflies. Suited to most soils but prefers slightly dry and poorer soils, and open sunny sites. Height to 90cm. 9cm pot.