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Invasive comfrey
Wild Comfrey with Blue Flowers (Hidcote Blue)

This comfrey is very invasive. It spreads by underground roots (rhizomes). Once you plant it, it will spread rapidly and be difficult to get rid of. I once threw it into a compost pile to decompose, but it grew instead. It grew all around the pile and kept going.

The photo to the left was taken in early spring.

Invasive, Smaller than Other Comfreys

The Russian Comfrey Bocking #4 and #14 that I sell is a sterile hybrid and is not invasive at all. But some people want a ground cover that will spread fast. Hidcote Blue comfrey spreads by creeping rhizomes.

I found it in the southern Appalachian Mountains. It is about half the size of Russian Bocking comfrey. The leaves grow to about 1 to 1˝ feet tall. With the flower stalk, it is 2 feet tall.

It is Symphytum Hidcote Blue.

Symphytum officinale x Symphytum asperum x Symphytum grandiflorum = Symphytum grandiflorum Hidcote Blue= Symphytum Hidcote Blue.

Dyers Comfrey

Some have called it 'Dyers' Comfrey because the leaves can be used to dye cloth or yarn.

See 3 types of comfrey.

Hidcote Blue Comfrey blooms earlier in spring than Russian and True/Common Comfrey. If you don't cut the flowerstalks, it will only bloom that one time except for a few flowers here and there throughout spring and summer.

This variety of comfrey is not liked very much by livestock. Livestock love Russian Comfrey (#4 or #14) and True Comfrey.

Blue Comfrey

Here are 2 photos from Duncan in west central Illinois of a wild comfrey plant that he grew from roots I sent him. The first photo is soon after I sent it. The next photo is when it was well established.

"Regarding the S. asperum vs. S. grandiflorum Hidcote Blue debate, based on what mine have done so far, I can’t imagine them getting as tall as S. asperum is supposed to, and they’re not as ‘prickly’."

"On google images, S. asperum and S. Hidcote Blue have a lot of variety in the flowers for both, so it’s hard to say based on flowers."

"Who cares what it is, I love watching it, and the mystery is fun. Wild native sounds good to me, but I think you could call it Hidcote blue."
-Duncan, Illinois

The small photo of the blue-flowered comfrey in a pot is from Alex in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Vibrant Blue Flowers

"I was taught herb craft at my Grandmother's knee. I have been in search of the short comfrey with the vibrant blue flowers. I saw it in the Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts about 1988 at Berkshire Botanical Garden."

"I live in the hills between the Adirondacks and the Catskills, so I believe that if this persnickety Comfrey likes Appalachia, it will get along alright here too."
-Tricia, Binghamton, New York

The second photo is after the flowers have fallen from the stalk.

Symphytum Hidcote Blue

These 3 photos are young plants from Patrick in eastern Nebraska.

"Your Hidcote Blue makes nice potted plants. They do well with plenty of light and water. With the larger pot, they are already beginning to spread. Thanks for your comfrey!"

Wild Comfrey with Johnny Jump-Ups

These 2 photos are from Trish in Binghamton, New York.

Wild Comfrey Root
Symphytum Hidcote Blue

This photo shows what your Wild Blue-Flowered Comfrey root looks like.

It is $19 per root. Shipping is $7 total no matter how many roots you order. You can order by clicking here:

Despite the fact that Wild Comfrey is very invasive, the roots can be sensitive to getting started when they are transplanted.




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