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Symphytum - Comfrey

Cheerful spreaders, Symphytum (Comfrey) are rhizomatous herbaceous perennials adorned with a basal rosette of coarse, hairy leaves and upright stems boasting charming clusters of tubular or narrowly bell-shaped flowers. They are an excellent choice for woodland gardens, cottage gardens or wildflower gardens where they can form attractive colonies over time. They make fine groundcovers, but site them with care: they spread freely and are difficult to eradicate. Easy to grow, they are most suitable for moist areas in sun or dappled shade.

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Symphytum 'Rubrum' (Red Comfrey)

Symphytum 'Rubrum' (Red Comfrey) is a rhizomatous perennial forming a low mound of softly hairy, lance-shaped, dark green leaves. In late spring to early summer, nodding, tubular bell-shaped, deep crimson red flowers appear in drooping clusters. Slowly spreading and less vigorous than most comfreys, Red Comfrey may be used as a ground cover.

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Symphytum caucasicum (Caucasian Comfrey)

Symphytum caucasicum (Caucasian Comfrey) is a rhizomatous perennial boasting arching stems clothed with large, softly hairy, gray-green, lance-shaped leaves, 8 in. long (20 cm). In late spring to early summer, nodding, tubular bell-shaped flowers held in drooping clusters, open pink, then turn azure blue.

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Symphytum officinale (Common Comfrey)

Symphytum officinale (Common Comfrey) is a coarse, spreading perennial forming a clump of long, elliptic, dark green leaves, 10 in. long (25 cm). In late spring to early summer, nodding, tubular bell-shaped, purple, pink or cream flowers appear in drooping clusters. Comfrey has a long history as a medicinal herb and has been grown in herbal gardens since the 12th century.

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