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Flowering plants this month
Borage (Borago officinalis, Fidloqqom)
The tiny star-shaped Borage flowers have numerous edible and medicinal properties. Flowers can be tossed in salads and the leaves can be made into soup. Medicinal properties of the Borage in traditional Maltese medicine include cough treatment, anti-inflammatory and nerve calmer.
Giant Fennel (Ferula communalis, Ferla)
This common large plant is native to the Mediterranean region. The umbel-shaped flowers can be seen during this time of the year and although the plant flowers look like the fennel, it doesn’t have an aromatic odour, and is not edible.