Russian Comfrey agg. - Symphytum officinale x asperum = S. x uplandicum

Alternative names
Symphytum x uplandicum

Tall plant to 2 metres, the stems narrowly winged below the leaves. Flowers starting off pink but soon becoming blue or violet.

Similar Species

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

Identification difficulty
ID checklist (your specimen should have all of these features)

Almost always with blue, violet or purplish flowers; yellow flowers are rare. Leaves not strongly decurrent (i.e. wings extend a short way down stem below each leaf), unlike S officinale.  Nutlets dull and minutely tuberculate.  Not stoloniferous, unlike S x hidcotense, which also has blue flowers, often flushed pink or red. 

Recording advice

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


Roadside verges, banks, woodland and waste places.

When to see it

June to August.

Life History


UK Status

Quite common throughout much of Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 137 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

Common names
Russian Comfrey
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
21/05/2008 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
13/08/2023 (HUGHES, NEIL)

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