West Highland Flora

Russian Comfrey


Symphytum x uplandicum

 

Symphytum x uplandicum

Photo Carl Farmer
14 Jun 2003 Armadale, Skye

Occasional in rich disturbed soil near buildings.  An escape from cultivation.

Flower c 12-17 mm long.

ID: Fully open flowers reddish-purple or mauvish, not bright blue. (note comfrey flowers can be different colours in bud). Upper stem leaf margins run down the stem for a short distance (can be up to half the distance to the next leaf-junction, but no more).  Calyx divided more than 2/3 way to base.

Other features: The hybrid of S officinale and S asperum, spread beyond its parents' range by cultivation.  Intermediates, back-crosses and cultivars can also occur.

 

Symphytum x uplandicum

Photo Carl Farmer
14 Jun 2003 Armadale, Skye
Right-hand flower 16 mm long from base of sepals

 

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