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30/04/2013 at 19:06

Can anyone tell me if this is comfrey. It only grows to about 4-5 inches high

30/04/2013 at 19:07

Can we have a picture please

30/04/2013 at 19:24

Sorry can't seem sends end via my iPad only a giant sized one.

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30/04/2013 at 20:43

tell you what Gill, I'll upload a pic of my small comphrey and you can say yes or no

30/04/2013 at 20:55
30/04/2013 at 21:24

Yes it is sort of like that but no dark spots and the flowers are pink and blue. It does creep and spread. I don't think it was ever planted in the garden, but I do like it. However, I don't really want something very invasive. What do you think?

30/04/2013 at 21:29

It's not that invasive, just don't let it go further than you want. It's a great bee plant. It's probaly not grandiflorum, mine isn't but it's very similar, Just cant think where my pic is hiding. I'll take anothet one tomorrow, it's out now. It's quite a big patch, it's been growing for about 18 years, 

30/04/2013 at 21:38

I knew it had got to be there somewhere, this is mine

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/22893.jpg?width=273&height=350&mode=max

 

 

30/04/2013 at 22:20

Yes that does look like it, but the flowers on mine are blue and pink. Thank you nut cutlet. Nice isn't it?

30/04/2013 at 22:24

Lovely thing, wouldn't be without it.

30/04/2013 at 22:34

The flowers on mine are like this.

 You can make a very smelly liquid plant feed with the leaves.

 Bother, it wouldn't download. Clicked on edit, wanted to delete it, can't.

http://www.british-wild-flowers.co.uk/00%20Graeme%20Kay/Comfrey-

 

30/04/2013 at 22:50

So will this lower plant do the same job as the larger plant I've just started to grow from seed in my veg garden?

01/05/2013 at 01:33

If it's 4 - 5 inches high it's not comfrey.

01/05/2013 at 08:22

It's not wild comphrey welsh onion but if you look up symphytum you'll find a list of a dozen or so species varying in height from this small one through the larger blues to the very large Symphytum officialis

01/05/2013 at 08:48

i have some in my garden.. and yes it is pretty.. and the bees do love it.. so as i am a keen wildlife gardener i will keep it and control it..

can you tell me does it have a preference wot where it is .. or can it tolerate anywhere in the sun, shade, poor or good soil..

 

01/05/2013 at 10:08

It will survive most places gf but the better the soil the better the plant. It won't mind shade but the bees prefer sun

04/05/2013 at 10:36

oh ok.. mine is in shade of woodland garden.. and it loves it.. the bees seem to visit it ok. will see.

04/05/2013 at 10:39

If the bees are happy all is well

05/05/2013 at 09:49

If the flowers are blue and pink and it's low growing it could be lungwort or pulmonaria. Do the leaves have pale spots or splodges?

 

05/05/2013 at 10:21

As a complete newbie I feel a bit embarrassed about offering a reply but this sounds like a plant we saw growing by the roadside near our house and I identified it as Russian Comfrey.   Bought 3 plants from Ebay and they seem to have all come up in their pots though will have to walk up the road and compare to make sure.  We noticed it as it was really buzzing and it had pink & blue flowers.  Seems it is very invasive but I am hoping to plant it to compete in the nettle patch then we might have 2 wildlife friendly plants.

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