Common Name: Comfrey
Cultivar: 'Hidcote Blue'
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Moist
Time to divide plants: March to May
Comfrey is a low-maintenance, weed-smothering ground cover plant that is tolerant of poor soil and neglect, and is particularly useful for wild or woodland gardens or under trees and shrubs. However it can become rather invasive. This variety has plain green foliage and, in spring, short stems of red buds open to clusters of nodding blue flowers held just above the leaves. The slightly coarse bristly foliage is useful for putting onto the compost heap when cleared at the end of the season, and may also be made into comfrey liquid fertiliser. To propagate, divide plants in spring.
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