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Goldsmith Comfrey*

Symphytum 'Goldsmith'

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Goldsmith Comfrey (Symphytum 'Goldsmith') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Goldsmith Comfrey foliage

Goldsmith Comfrey foliage

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  16 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4


This attractive variety is grown primarily in borders or shade gardens for its lovely foliage and bluebell like flowers; a low spreading clump to a foot tall, it features light green crinkles leaves that are edged with golden yellow; visually stunning

Ornamental Features

Goldsmith Comfrey features delicate clusters of blue bell-shaped flowers with pink overtones and white edges at the ends of the stems in late spring. Its attractive narrow leaves remain light green in color with distinctive buttery yellow edges throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Goldsmith Comfrey is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Invasive

Goldsmith Comfrey is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Goldsmith Comfrey will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 16 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

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Ornamental Features