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Symphytum 'Hidcote Blue'


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






Skill level


photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (19033)

Plant details

Comfrey 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. This variety has plain green foliage and, in spring, short stems of red buds open to clusters of nodding blue 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. To propagate, divide plants in spring.

Family: Boraginaceae

Genus: Symphytum

Cultivar: Hidcote Blue

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 45cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

Reader reviews


hello all , would this plant be suitable to plant in an allotment. ive read that its very good at nitrogen retention in the soil, placed in water for fertilizer and excellent in the compo at the end of the season, BUT ... would it grow out of control and self seed onto neighbours plots ?? thanks in advance for any replies


Have comfrey growing in my garden and harvest it as an activator for the compost heap.You can also rot the leaves down with rainwater which produces a black sludge that when diluted 15:1 is a great liquid feed

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