Jigsaw GillJigsaw Gill Posts: 83

Can anyone tell me if this is comfrey. It only grows to about 4-5 inches high



  • Can we have a picture please

  • Sorry can't seem sends end via my iPad only a giant sized one.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,050

    tell you what Gill, I'll upload a pic of my small comphrey and you can say yes or no

  • Yes it is sort of like that but no dark spots and the flowers are pink and blue. It does creep and spread. I don't think it was ever planted in the garden, but I do like it. However, I don't really want something very invasive. What do you think?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,050

    It's not that invasive, just don't let it go further than you want. It's a great bee plant. It's probaly not grandiflorum, mine isn't but it's very similar, Just cant think where my pic is hiding. I'll take anothet one tomorrow, it's out now. It's quite a big patch, it's been growing for about 18 years, 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,050

    I knew it had got to be there somewhere, this is mine




  • Yes that does look like it, but the flowers on mine are blue and pink. Thank you nut cutlet. Nice isn't it?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,050

    Lovely thing, wouldn't be without it.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,915

    The flowers on mine are like this.

     You can make a very smelly liquid plant feed with the leaves.

     Bother, it wouldn't download. Clicked on edit, wanted to delete it, can't.


  • So will this lower plant do the same job as the larger plant I've just started to grow from seed in my veg garden?

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    If it's 4 - 5 inches high it's not comfrey.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,050

    It's not wild comphrey welsh onion but if you look up symphytum you'll find a list of a dozen or so species varying in height from this small one through the larger blues to the very large Symphytum officialis

  • gardeningfanticgardeningfantic Posts: 1,019

    i have some in my garden.. and yes it is pretty.. and the bees do love it.. so as i am a keen wildlife gardener i will keep it and control it..

    can you tell me does it have a preference wot where it is .. or can it tolerate anywhere in the sun, shade, poor or good soil..


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,050

    It will survive most places gf but the better the soil the better the plant. It won't mind shade but the bees prefer sun

  • gardeningfanticgardeningfantic Posts: 1,019

    oh ok.. mine is in shade of woodland garden.. and it loves it.. the bees seem to visit it ok. will see.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,050

    If the bees are happy all is well

  • CalendulaCalendula Posts: 69

    If the flowers are blue and pink and it's low growing it could be lungwort or pulmonaria. Do the leaves have pale spots or splodges?


  • DorisduckDorisduck Posts: 22

    As a complete newbie I feel a bit embarrassed about offering a reply but this sounds like a plant we saw growing by the roadside near our house and I identified it as Russian Comfrey.   Bought 3 plants from Ebay and they seem to have all come up in their pots though will have to walk up the road and compare to make sure.  We noticed it as it was really buzzing and it had pink & blue flowers.  Seems it is very invasive but I am hoping to plant it to compete in the nettle patch then we might have 2 wildlife friendly plants.

  • DorisduckDorisduck Posts: 22

    Oh, but, it was about 18 inches or more in height so perhaps not.

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