Russian comfrey

Symphytum  × uplandicum 'Axminster Gold'

Photo/Illustration: 
Virginia Small
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Russian comfrey (Symphytum  × uplandicum 'Axminster Gold')
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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.

Overview

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
Characteristics
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers,
Roadside,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point,
Waterside
Style
Herb Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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