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Symphytum x uplandicum/Russian Comfrey

Symphytum x uplandicum / Symphytum x uplandicum
A large clump of Russian Comfrey growing at the Zurich, Switzerland Botanical Garden
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A large clump of Russian Comfrey growing at the Zurich, Switzerland Botanical Garden

Flowers and foliage

Close view of the Russian Comfrey flowers

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Scientific Name: Symphytum x uplandicum
Common Name: Russian Comfrey
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: Purple
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
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Comments: Russian Comfrey is an ornamental grown for its large, coarse-textured foliage and purple flowers. The leaves are hairy. Comfrey has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal properties. Propagation is by division of large clumps. The seeds are not viable.