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 guidance

    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.

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