White Comfrey - Symphytum orientale


    Medium to tall softly hairy plant without creeping rhizomes. Stems erect, much branched. Leaves rather pale green oval. Flowers white, 14 to 18 mm the lobes not recurved.

    Similar Species

    Other comfreys may have pale flowers

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Pure white flowers.  Stem leaves are not decurrent (i.e. there are no wings down the stem from each leaf).

    Recording advice

    Photograph of whole plant, plus flowers and stems


    Damp places, woodland and hedgebanks.

    When to see it

    April and May.

    Life History

    Biennial or short lived perennial.

    UK Status

    Not very common in Britain, most records coming from the east and south-east of England.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 1 of the 617 tetrads.

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