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 checklist (your specimen should have all of these features)

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.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map

Species profile

Common names
Eastern Comfrey, White Comfrey, Soft Comfrey
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
10/05/2007 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
12/04/2024 (Calow, Graham)

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