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Plant id - looks like pulmonaria but the leaves are wrong

chickychicky Posts: 10,396

Does anyone know what this is ?  Growing in profusion in the shady damp bits of Hidcote today - love the colour....





  • Ooh love the blue, looks like a blue comfrey to me. image

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    It's a Boragey sort of thing?

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    i've got this i thought borage/ comfrey

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,312

    I'd say comphrey, probably Symphytum caucasicum

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Looks like a comfrey to me, possibly a cross between Hidcote blue and a wild one.  The leaves of Hidcote blue are only about 4 inches long compared to the wild one which can be 12 inches or more.  Love the stripes on the flowers - that makes it unique I think. image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Think you might be right, nut.  Just googled and found some images with a slight stripe.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Hi Chicky, did you get to go into Kiftsgate garden opposite? I think it's where the rose was discovered, or first planted?  image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,174

    Well, I'm a late arrival here, but I'd say comfrey too image

    Hello Woody - good to see you image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,396

    Many thanks all - never knew comfrey could be so spectacular - only know it as an ingredient for homemade (smelly) plant tonic.

    Woody - made a day of it and went to Kiftsgate too.  Saw THE rose, although obviously not in flower - its a monster - fills a whole border and three treesimage.  Loved the garden and the views - although not for the faint hearted.  Assume their gardeners are armed with climbing ropes and cramponsimage

  • Like Hidcote, but best if not too crowded with coach loads of tourists. Paths are a bit narrow in places. Also I don't think the NT's efforts on the catering front have been over successful. Restaurant replaced by caff.

    Anyway, a magical garden forgives all manner of ills, including mine, and everyone should try to see Hidcote at least once in their life.

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