Connecticut Plants
Wild Comfrey
Cynoglossum virginianum L.

There are two subspecies of wild comfrey. The southern wild comfrey (C. virginianum var. virginianum) is rare in Connecticut, being listed by the state as a species of special concern. The northern subspecies (C. virginianum ssp. boreale) is even rarer; it is believed to have been eliminated from Connecticut. The photos below, which were taken in Michigan, show the northern wild comfrey.

  • Family: borage (Boraginaceae)
  • Habitat: woods, especially rocky woods over volcanic bedrock
  • Height: 15 to 30 inches
  • Flower size: 3/8 inch wide
  • Flower color: pale blue to white
  • Flowering time: May to June
  • Origin: native

Photographed in mid-June in Dickinson County, Michigan.

Leaves of wild comfrey. The flowers appear on a long stem, well above the leaves.