Annual or perennial herbs with long, patent, rigid, bristly hairs in all parts. Leaves alternate, lanceolate. Flowers on long, spreading or deflexed pedicels, pentamerous. Stamens with long, broad filaments abruptly tapering in their uppermost parts and with an erect, subulate appendage at apex; anthers exserted for the greatest part, laterally coherent, connective produced into a mucro.
Mediterranean region: throughout the world: cultivated
Small genus of 3 species native in the Mediterranean region. Borago officinalis is widely cultivated throughout the world.
The basic chromosome number x = 8. There are diploid and tetraploid species. The genus has been treated taxonomically by .