Borage is an annual that is a native of Europe but has been widely naturalized in other areas. The stem and leaves are covered with coarse prickly hairs. The bright blue flowers are star shaped. The fresh plant has a salty flavor and a cucumber like odor. Borage seed oil contains a fatty acid called gamma linolenic acid (GLA). GLA seems to have anti inflammatory effects. Borage flower might have an antioxidant effect.