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Symphytum officinale/Comfrey

Symphytum officinale / Symphytum officinale
Foliage and floral stalks formed in the axils of the large leaves
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Foliage and floral stalks formed in the axils of the large leaves

Clumps of comfrey in bloom late in the season

Foliage and emerging flowers

In flower in Washington, DC

Close-up of the almost white flowers

Surface of the large, coarse-textured leaves late in the season


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Scientific Name: Symphytum officinale
Common Name: Comfrey
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: White
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Herb
Comments: This herbaceous perennial has large, rough, prickly leaves and is often seen growing in herb gardens. The coarse textured foliage is the primary feature although plants also flower. This plant has been used for many years for its medicinal qualities. Plant in a fertile, well drained soil and provide some sunlight during the day, preferably morning sun, although this plant is tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions.