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COMFREY: WILD, NATIVE, INVASIVE
(probably Symphytum Hidcote Blue)
Wild Comfrey with Blue Flowers (Hidcote Blue)

This wild 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. Wild/Native comfrey spreads by creeping rhizomes.

I found it in the southern Appalachian Mountains so I am not sure of its exact scientific name. 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 probably Symphytum Hidcote Blue.

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

May be Rough or Prickly Comfrey

It could be Rough or Prickly Comfrey (Symphytum asperum, S. asperum). But I think Symphytum "Hidcote Blue" is more likely. Some have called it 'Dyers' Comfrey because the leaves can be used to dye cloth or yarn.

See 3 types of comfrey.

My Wild 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.

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



Wild Comfrey with Johnny Jump-Ups

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

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This photo shows what your Wild Comfrey root looks like.

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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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