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Symphytum × uplandicum 'Axminster Gold' (Russian comfrey)

Symphytum × uplandicum 'Axminster Gold' Photo/Illustration: Virginia Small

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Symphytum × uplandicum 'Axminster Gold' sim-FY-tum ex up-LAND-ih-kum Common Name: Russian comfrey Genus: Symphytum
This notably beautiful plant produces huge, elongated banana-shaped leaves, which are arfully edged in luminescent yellow. The rosette sits at 18 inches tall, and in early summer the plant bears clusters of mauve-pink bells atop stems that are 4 to 5 feet tall.
Noteworthy characteristics: Large, variegated leaves and tall flower stems. The foliage may cause skin irritation, and if ingested, may cause serious discomfort.
Care: Grow in moist soil in full sun to partial shade. After flowering, the plant may be cut back to produce a flush of new foliage. Otherwise, wait until early spring to cut foliage back to prevent winter rot.
Propagation: Divide in spring, take root cuttings in early winter, or sow seed in spring or fall.
Problems: Powdery mildew.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit Spreads
Growth Pace Fast Grower;Invasive/Aggressive Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Tolerance Deer Tolerant
Characteristics Attracts Hummingbirds; Fragrant Foliage; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Summer
Foliage Color Variegated Foliage
Flower Color Pink Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Roadside, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point, Waterside
Style Herb Garden, Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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