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Common Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)

Flower of Comfrey with mayfly

Comfrey is a tall plant, up to 1.20 metres high. The long oval leaves have dense hairs. The bell-shaped flowers are trailing and grow almost to a length of 2 cm. They are creamy yellow bells with a corolla of pink, purple or white.

A very widespread species across most of Europe . Common on river banks and damp ground.

ECOLOGY: A perennial plant which flowers in early summer. The dense bush-like vegetation is ideal for aquatic insects to "roost" in, especially mayflies. The nectar is difficult for most insects to collect. Hence, it is common to see small holes at the base of the flower where insects have cut access through to the nectaries.

 


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