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Prickly comfrey (Symphytum asperum)

Prickly comfrey Synonyms: Symphytum asperrimum

Common Names: Consoude apre, rough comfrey

Description: Cultivated for its medicinal properties as well as an ornamental.

Habit: Coarse, hairy, rhizomatous perennial that can reach a height of 3-4 feet tall.

Leaves: Ovate to elliptic, alternate, narrow stalked, 2-8 inches long, dark green in color, covered with prickly hairs.

Stems: Not winged, reaching a height of 3-4 feet.

Flowers: Tubular, 0.50 inch long, borne in scorpioid cymes, rose pink becoming blue or purple in color. Bloom from May to August.

Fruit and seeds: 4-parted schizocarp, oblique, ridged.

Habitat: Native from Russia to Iran. Can be found in gardens, roadsides and yards.

Reproduction: By seed or vegetatively by root cuttings or division.

Monitoring and rapid response: Can be difficult to remove by digging due to root fragments having the ability to sprout new plants.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the Missouri Botanica Garden and NatureGate.

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Common Name:

Prickly comfrey

Scientific Name:

Symphytum asperum







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