Hidcote Comfrey - Symphytum x hidcotense

    Alt Name
    Symphytum officinale x asperum x grandiflorum = S. 'Hidcote Blue'
    Description

    This comfrey is stoloniferous, and has flowers with a hint of blue and has pink buds.

    Similar Species

    Many other species, hybrids and varieties of comfrey with blue, pink or pale flowers

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Usually blue flowers, flushed red/pink; other varieties have pink or pale flowers.  With stolons (the only other comfrey keyed in Stace (4th edn.) as stoloniferous is S x grandiflorum, with cream or pale yellow flowers).  Leaves usually petiolate (with stalks), and not decurrent, or weakly so. 

    Recording advice

    This can't be verified from the flowers alone; a photograph of the whole plant, including leaves and stems, and confirmation that the plant has stolons.

    Habitat

    Waste places and verges, often close to habitation as a garden escape.

    When to see it

    Flowering April and May.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Most frequent in southern and western England.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map