Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Russian Comfrey

Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Russian Comfrey

Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Russian Comfrey

This week's Isles of Scilly wildflower of the week was Russian Comfrey - Symphytum X Uplandicum. 

Russian comfrey has escaped from gardens on St Mary's and Tresco. The best place to see it is on St Mary's is the path from the road to Watermill.

It is a big roughly hairy plant with lanceolate leaves that run down the stems to form wings. These wings stop short of the next leaf. When it flowers the stem gracefully curls round forming a lovely scroll.

The purple five petalled bell like flowers open on one side from the base and graduate in size, from the tiny buds at the tip to the 1 cm flowers.

The botanical name, Symphytum x uplandicum, means a plant to heal or make whole from Uppland Sweden. The word comfrey means to grow together.

It has been taken internally for stomach ulcers and colitis, but this is not a good idea as comfrey contains alkaloids that can damage the liver. Small amounts can be eaten, if you know what you're doing, in salad. 

You can listen to Liz's Wildflower Of The Week below and Liz will have a brand new Wildflower for you next Wednesday at 10:30am.