Starflower or Borage

Borago officinalis

Starflower (lat. Borago officinalis), also known as a borage. It is an annual herb plant from the family Boraginaceae. Starflower is native to the Mediterranean region. Plant is used for culinary and medicinal purposes. The leaves are edible. The plant is cultivated commercially for borage seed oil extracted from seeds.

Starflower seeds contain up to 38%  oil, of which up to 28% is gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), probably the richest plant based source of GLA. Starflower seeds oil is used in dietary supplements and therapeutic products.


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