Outrageously blue, incredibly adaptive, this little star-shaped flower is a star in any garden. I first got to know borage when I was in college in the farm program. I wanted to plant some flowers that would attract butterflies. I was amazed at how many of those black, hard seeds germinated. I admired the healthy, hairy leaves that soon grew quite tall and began to crowd out my broccoli and beets that I had interplanted them with. The flowers are truly astounding. Hairy and oh so blue, with a big shiny droplet of sweetness oozing from the tip. We ate farm salads daily with borage blooms in them. Every potluck had a salad festooned with borage blooms. I can't say that I ever noticed more butterflies in the garden, but I myself felt that I had metamorphosed into a butterfly. They made my heart flutter and I hovered over them daily. When I began to research borage seed oil for our skin care, I felt an immediate connection to it - I knew this plant - even the seeds. It made sense to me that those who suffered from dry skin, eczema, and other sensitive skin issues that a plant as lovely and gregarious as borage would be a good fit. The star shape, the sweetness, the soothing color of blue. The flower strikes me as an embodiment of the cosmos. I didn't know just how effective it would be however, or how much feedback we would get on our number one selling cream. Even as I sit here in the office writing this, I can feel her hairiness, her fortitude, and I give thanks for the celestial beauty that borage brings to all of us. Sigh.