General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 12 to 18 inches (30-46cm)
Plant Spread: 18 to 24 inches (46-61cm)
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Other: Buds are pink to red, flowers are bluish-white with blue base, creating a tricolour effect.
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Root
Pollinators: Bees

Common names
  • Dwarf Comfrey
  • Comfrey
  • Ornamental Comfrey
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Symphytum grandiflorum
  • Synonym: Symphytum abchasicum
  • Synonym: Symphytum ibericum

Photo Gallery
Location: My garden, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; zone 3.
Date: 2011-06-25
Uploaded by Joy
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: my brother's garden, Vichte, Belgium
Date: 2012-04-25
Location: Lundby, Denmark, EU
Date: 2020-04-23
Dappled shade
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2012-04-13

Date: 2013-04-27

Date: 2013-04-27
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: Early Spring
  • Uploaded by Joy
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Dec 27, 2012 1:23 AM concerning plant:
    This plant will grow in shade, and will quickly colonize the area. I have found it useful to use beneath shrubs which are late to emerge in the spring. It gets a bit ratty after blooming, but by then the shrubs are covering most of it.
  • Posted by sallyg (central Maryland - Zone 7b) on Apr 23, 2020 2:50 PM concerning plant:
    Growing well in a zone 7 shady Maryland garden. The gardener there (my friend) says bees love the flowers. Blooming in mid April, on a spreading, low growing plant.

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