Creeping Comfrey - Symphytum grandiflorum


    Crinkled, elliptic to ovate, medium to dark green leaves grow to 7 inches long on decumbent stems but to only 2 inches long on flowering stems. Tubular, bell-like, creamy yellow to white flowers appear in drooping clusters.

    Similar Species

    There are other comfreys with yellow or cream flowers, or with stolons

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    With stolons. The only other stoloniferous comfrey keyed out in Stace (4th edn.) is S x hidcotense, a hybrid with S grandiflorum with blue or pink flowers. 

    Recording advice

    Photograph of whole plant, plus flowers; confirmation that plant is stoloniferous


    Usually encountered as an escape from cultivation which establishes in waste places, verges etc. often close to habitation.

    When to see it

    Flowering May and June.

    Life History

    Herbaceous perennial.

    UK Status

    Occasional but widespread in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in the wild in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map