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Symphytum 'Rubrum' (Red ornamental comfrey)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.3m
Max height
0.3m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Symphytum 'Rubrum'

Other names

Red ornamental comfrey

Genus

Symphytum Symphytum

Variety or Cultivar

'Rubrum' _ 'Rubrum' is a compact, herbaceous perennial with downy, green leaves and nodding heads of bright wine-red flowers in early summer.


Symphytum 'Rubrum' is: Deciduous

Habit

Branching, Clump-forming, Erect

Toxicity

If ingested, severe discomfort may result.

Flower

Wine, Bright-red in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

General care

Pruning

Cutting back after flowering will encourage new foliage to develop.

Propagation methods

Division, Root cuttings, Seed


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Where to grow

Symphytum 'Rubrum' (Red ornamental comfrey) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in sun or partial shade in moist, moderately fertile soil. Careful siting of this plant is advisable, as it can be invasive.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Symphytum 'Rubrum'

Other names

Red ornamental comfrey

Genus

Symphytum Symphytum

Variety or Cultivar

'Rubrum' _ 'Rubrum' is a compact, herbaceous perennial with downy, green leaves and nodding heads of bright wine-red flowers in early summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Branching, Clump-forming, Erect

Toxicity

If ingested, severe discomfort may result.


Colour

Flower

Wine, Bright-red in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

General care

Pruning

Cutting back after flowering will encourage new foliage to develop.

Propagation methods

Division, Root cuttings, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Symphytum 'Rubrum' (Red ornamental comfrey) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in sun or partial shade in moist, moderately fertile soil. Careful siting of this plant is advisable, as it can be invasive.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

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