Connecticut Plants

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.