Borage (Star Flower)

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  • Common Name: Borage (Star Flower)
  • Latin Name: Borago officinalis
  • Family Name: Boraginaceae

Also called Star Flower, the flowers and leaves of Borage contain the alkaloid pyrrolizidine, which can cause liver damage.  It also has a negative calcium to phosphorus ratio and so is unsuitable as a tortoise food.

Borage is a wild flower but is often cultivated and grown in gardens where the flower colour may be white or pink.

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