The tribe Boragineae includes about 170 species of herbaceous flowering plants, mostly found in the Palaearctic region with only a couple of species extending into southern Africa. The group is well-distinguished by the presence of what are called fornices, the whitish lobes at the base of each petal that you can see in the photo above, as well as features of their seeds. Many Boragineae seeds have an elaiosome, a fatty plug at one end that attracts foraging ants (Hilger et al., 2004). The ants carry the seed back to their nest as food, but the plant produces enough seeds that at least some will not be eaten but will be able to germinate after being carried under the ground and away from anything else that might eat them.
The species are divided between about fifteen genera (the exact number varies depending on whom you ask). The largest generally-recognised genus, Anchusa (the buglosses), was identified by Hilger et al. (2004) as para-/polyphyletic with a number of smaller genera also nested within the Anchusa clade, suggesting that the currently recognised constituent subgenera may need to be recognised as separate subgenera (or else the genera Lycopsis and Cynoglottis submerged into Anchusa). Other relationships within the tribe recognised by this and other studies include a close relationship between the genera Borago (borage) and Symphytum (comfrey), and between Nonea and Pulmonaria (lungwort). The basalmost member of the tribe is Pentaglottis sempervirens, which is also the only member of the tribe found in the Atlantic region of southwest Europe. The relict distribution of this species, as well as the concentration of diversity for the tribe overall, have been cited as supporting a Mediterranean origin for the Boragineae.
A number of members of the tribe have long been cultivated and many are even labelled by their botanical names as officinal (the Medieval Latin term 'officinalis' refers to a plant or substance that is kept in an apothecary; not surprisingly, many plants with supposed medicinal values are also eaten for their nutritional values). Borago officinalis, borage, is used as a salad or pot herb in Europe. Symphytum officinale, comfrey, has also been widely used medicinally, mainly for external uses such as soothing bruises (some of the properties attributed to comfrey verge on the ridiculous: a bath steeped in comfrey was supposedly able to restore a woman's virginity). Pulmonaria officinalis, lungwort, received its name because of the supposed resemblance of its blotchy leaves to lung tissue. Under the unabashedly loopy herbalist principle known as the Doctrine of Signatures, this outward resemblance indicated its suitability in treating lung diseases such as tuberculosis (in fact, lungwort contains toxic alkaloids that make it dangerous to take internally).
Hilger, H. H., F. Selvi, A. Papini & M. Bigazzi. 2004. Molecular systematics of Boraginaceae tribe Boragineae based on ITS1 and trnL sequences, with special reference to Anchusa s.l. Annals of Botany 94 (2): 201-212.