Comfrey with Blue Flowers (Hidcote Blue)
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.
to the left was taken in early spring.
Smaller than Other Comfreys
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
It is probably Symphytum Hidcote Blue.
Symphytum officinale x Symphytum
asperum x Symphytum grandiflorum = Symphytum grandiflorum Hidcote Blue=
Symphytum Hidcote Blue.
be Rough or Prickly Comfrey|
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.
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.
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."
The small photo of the blue-flowered comfrey in a pot is from Alex in Reading, Pennsylvania.
"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!"
Comfrey with Johnny Jump-Ups
These 2 photos are from Trish in Binghamton, New York.
Symphytum Hidcote Blue
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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.