Information on Hidcote Comfrey

Common Name: Hidcote Comfrey
Scientific Name: Symphytum x hidcotense
Irish Name: Not known at present
Family Group: Boraginaceae.
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period


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Hidcote Comfrey could sometimes be confused with:

Comfrey, Common, Comfrey, Common, Comfrey, Russian,

Hidcote Comfrey grows to about 45cm high only, being somewhat shorter than its wilder brothers. It also bears curled clusters or cymes of nodding flowers – 12-15mm long - which are blue-mauve to pink-white. The leaves are light green, crinkled, oval and pointed and are poisonous if ingested.  A coarsely hairy perennial, it is an introduction and usually a garden escape which grows on roadsides close to domestic habitation. 

I first spotted and photograph this plant in 2010 near Wellingtonbridge, Co Wexford. 

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Comfrey, Hidcote
Comfrey, Hidcote