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Symphytum officinale

 
Symphytum officinale
comfrey
Common name comfrey
Family boraginaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4-9)
Flowers purple (spring)
Size 2'
Light sun-part shade

I've considered this a weed till now - since its large hairy leaves stubbornly reappeared soon after each of my many attempts to remove it from our side garden. This year, I guess I slacked in my control efforts for long enough that the plant had an opportunity to bloom - which allowed me to identify it as comfrey. Should I reclassify it as a wildflower? At any rate, I'd rather it didn't try to push up through other perennials. I may attempt a relocation at some point...

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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