A form selected by plantsman Eric Smith, which has low mounds of dark green leaves, handsomely and broadly edged with cream and yellow. White and pale blue flowers hang above the foliage in March, April and May.
A restrained comfrey ideally suited to fill a smaller space.
Height and spread: 20cm x 60cm
As seen from the common names, it has long been used as a herbal cure, edible vegetable and animal fodder. It has also been used as a compost maker and plant food. An early use was in setting bones, the roots being ground to a paste and used in the way plaster of Paris is used today. The name comfrey comes from the Latin 'Conferre', meaning to bring together. Symphytum comes from the Greek 'Symphyo' - to make whole. All are useful for shady positions, although they will also grow in sun, preferring some moisture.
Common name(s): Variegated comfrey