Symphytum officinale   Common Comfrey C DD N

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This so-called common plant is one of those unevenly distributed over the UK. It is very common in the South but far less so in the North and in Scotland where, if comfrey will grow, Symphytum x uplandicum (Russian Comfrey) dominates. The pale creamy flowers are an indication that you might be looking at Symphytum officinale but the leaves decurrent down the stem are a good diagnostic.

LHS: Wicken Fen, 20th August 2010 RHS: Banks of River Wye, Monmouth 6th September 2005

Added on September 28th 2005, updated 12th February 2012

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