It is an one-year plant rich in potassium and nitrites which give to it numerous pharmaceutical usages. It is a villous plant. Its leaves are edible. It attracts bees and it is used in bee hiving. Its scent reminds of cucumber. Ancient people used it against melancholy. Scientific Name: Borago officinalis Family: Boraginaceae Kythera Name: Boranzza Name in other places of Greece: Boranzza, Borancena, Bourancino, Barachina, Boracene, Boracino, Arbeta, Aggouritsa Collection: The whole plant apart from roots can be used. It grows in kitchen gardens and in cultivated lands. It blossoms from May to September, but it should be collected as soon as it starts blossoming. Properties: Its flowers are soothing and palliative. It is a diuretic, appetizing, perspirating and cardiotonic herb. It is beneficial in colds, bronchitis and pneumonia.