Plant ID forum: Identification

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Fay
May 6, 2016 5:43 AM CST
I was just wondering if someone could identify this plant for me? My dog eats it every day a d has done so for over 3 years? Thanks in advance
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
May 6, 2016 6:00 AM CST
Welcome! @Fay. Please take a moment to update your public profile so that we know your location.

I don't know what plant you have but your picture is great. I feel sure someone will quickly be able to identify it for you.
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Zencat
May 6, 2016 6:24 AM CST
Comfrey popped to mind first. How big does it get?
Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
May 6, 2016 8:16 AM CST
My first thought was also comfrey, Symphytum officinale

http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Symphytum+offi...

Fay
May 6, 2016 12:15 PM CST
Thanks everyone I have had a look at some pictures of comfrey on line and I think you are right? Reading up on it's healing properties I think this must be why my Spaniel eats it? She is 13 years old and I feel it must be helping her stay fit and well? She eats 5/6 leaves a day always seeking out the younger leaves! It has pestered me since she started eating it but it's never made her sick? So thank you all very much! And here she is!
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froggardener
May 6, 2016 6:58 PM CST
Welcome!
Dogs are so smart and she is very pretty but doesn't look her age Thumbs up
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bonitin
May 6, 2016 10:20 PM CST
The leaves don't look right for Symphytum grandiflorum.
Symphytum ibericum fits better:
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beinwell#/media/File:Symphytum...
Edit: I meant to say:"the leaves don't look right for Symphytum officinale" instead of S.grandiflorum like I mistakingly wrote..

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 6, 2016 10:27 PM CST
What an inviting pathway in your second photo. Comfrey is beneficial for most animals, a great additive to compost, and works well as a mulch (just cut and lay out the large leaves). I feed it to my chickens, and when they are free ranging, they are drawn to it like a magnet. Luckily, it is so robust, they only serve to prune it a bit for me.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.

Fay
May 7, 2016 12:35 AM CST
I think i will take some close up photos of the leaves and flower heads! I just hope it stays as something thats good for her 😊

Fay
May 7, 2016 4:20 AM CST
Just a few more, in the winter there are very few leaves, it's re rooting itself in new shoots across the ground, the flowers start off a deep red but then get more pastel as they open? Thank You!
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
May 7, 2016 5:44 AM CST
bonitin said:The leaves don't look right for Symphytum grandiflorum.
Symphytum ibericum fits better:
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beinwell#/media/File:Symphytum...
Edit: I meant to say:"the leaves don't look right for Symphytum officinale" instead of S.grandiflorum like I mistakingly wrote..



I agree

Symphytum officinale has more arrow shaped leaves, they are quite large and terribly invasive making huge thick branching roots which are near impossible to get rid of.

http://keyserver.lucidcentral.org/weeds/data/media/Html/symp...

http://www.huveta.hu/bitstream/handle/10832/990/ThoresenEveM...
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JRsbugs
May 7, 2016 5:58 AM CST
Only one entry came up for S. ibericum on The Plant List.

Symphytum ibericum var. abchasicum Gviniaschvili is a synonym of Symphytum abchasicum Trautv


http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/tro-4002566

http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/tro-4002558

http://www.wikiwand.com/de/Beinwell

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