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Is this borage?

IlikeplantsIlikeplants W Mids Posts: 755


Theres a patch of it, flowers look more bell shape than star though.
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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,391
    No, one of the Comfreys
  • IlikeplantsIlikeplants W Mids Posts: 755
    Oh I thought comfrey had massive leaves like foxgloves. 
    Here's another pic of it which looks quite growing 

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,349
    Borage has little starry flowers with dark centres  :)
    Comfrey is what you have there.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,391
    Oh I thought comfrey had massive leaves like foxgloves. 


    Not all of them, some are very small plants
  • IlikeplantsIlikeplants W Mids Posts: 755
    Thanks nutcutlet  - it looks like a variety that's ground cover. It will come in use if it establishes itself in my garden.
  • IlikeplantsIlikeplants W Mids Posts: 755
    Thanks @Fairygirl, comfrey for fertiliser but I'll have to get some borage seeds in I think.
  • thevictorianthevictorian Posts: 417
    I've got the same one in my garden and it does very well in a shady aspect. I have mine around the bottom of some Apple trees to bring in the pollinators. It's alive with black bumblebees at the moment.

    I think it's this species https://garden.org/plants/view/79128/Dwarf-Comfrey-Symphytum-grandiflorum/  and I'd suggest once you have it, you will have it until you chose not to. It's not invasive like the other comfrey ime but does regrow from the tiniest piece.
  • IlikeplantsIlikeplants W Mids Posts: 755
    Thanks @thevictorian
    It does  look like that, the leaves are slightly more rounded and small. I'll introduce it into a shady area by my damson tree and shrubs. That's good that it's more well behaved.
  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,157
    I think dwarf comfrey is a great plant.  I have it growing on one edge of my pond; it's dampish but not wet with some shade and it flops into the pond hiding the liner.  The bees love it and it flowers for about six weeks for  me.
    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • IlikeplantsIlikeplants W Mids Posts: 755
    Thanks @Redwing, it's been transplanted from another garden so I hope the transplant pieces survive until tomorrow when I can get it into the garden properly. 
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