Symphytum uplandicum

Symphytum uplandicum

Comfrey

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Symphytum uplandicum
  • Common name: Comfrey
  • Plant type: Perennial

Height: 45cm

Spread: 45cm

Flower colours:
  • White
  • Purple
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers

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Comfrey, Symphytum uplandicum, is a low-maintenance, weed-smothering ground cover plant that is tolerant of poor soil and neglect, and is particularly useful for wild or woodland gardens or under trees and shrubs. However it can become rather invasive. It has plain green foliage and, in spring, short stems of red buds open to clusters of nodding purple flowers held just above the leaves. The slightly coarse bristly foliage is useful for putting onto the compost heap when cleared at the end of the season, and may also be made into comfrey liquid fertiliser.

Grow Symphytum uplandicum in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. To propagate, divide plants in spring. 

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front, Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Purgative if ingested

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