Symphytum grandiflorum is usually the first comfrey species to bloom in the UK, from March onwards. It can colonise large areas, to the exclusion of other plants.
Spreading comfrey, creeping comfrey
Main flower color:
Mostly in south and central England; an introduced species, from the Caucasus
Up to 30 cm
In clusters, with hairy pedicels. Calyces are divided almost to the base into five narrow, blunt-tipped lobes. Corollas are creamy-white, widening above the calyx tip, opening to five small lobes. At the center are five white stamens around a longer white style, topped by a small yellowish stigma
Ovate, cordate at the base, with ciliate margins and prominent veins. Attached by winged stalks. On decumbent stems
March to May