Sub-category: Borage family
It is native to Europe and Asia, but can be found elsewhere, including much of North America, as an introduced species and sometimes a noxious weed. It is an erect plant which ranges in height from 6 in. to two feet, bearing small (1/4 in.) blue flowers with yellow centers.
It grows in bogs and wet places and beside streams and rivers. It blooms from mid-spring to first frost.