Symphytum officinale L.
Family: Boraginaceae
common comfrey
[Symphytum officinale subsp. uliginosum L.,  more]
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Matthew L. Wagner  
Etymology: Symphytum: ancient Greek name from symphyein for "to cause to grow together," possibly referring to its curative value
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-4' tall forb; stems hairy and winged; taprooted
Leaves: broad, hairy, bases broadly winged; lower stalked, upper stalkless
Flowers: blue to cream, 5-parted, 3/8"-3/4" long, tubular-bell shape, nodding, tube much longer than the lobes, stalks with spreading hairs or bristles; inflorescence a leafless, branched cluster (cyme); blooms June-Aug.
Fruits: black, smooth, shiny nutlet fruit drawing
Habitat: disturbed areas
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized
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Richard Bauer  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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Dennis W. Woodland  
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Matthew L. Wagner  
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Robert Bierman  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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Matthew L. Wagner  
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Kurt Stüber  
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