Photographer: Richard Bauer
Symphytum officinale L.
Symphytum: ancient Greek name from symphyein for "to cause to grow together," possibly referring to its curative value
officinale: Latin generally meaning "of the shops" or "sold in the marketplace" or "official"
|Status: ||Introduced - naturalized|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 1'-4' tall forb; stems hairy and winged; taprooted|
|Flower: ||blue to cream, 5-parted, 3/8"-3/4" long, tubular-bell shape, nodding, tube much longer than the lobes, stalks with spreading hairs or bristles; inflorescence a leafless, branched cluster (cyme); blooms June-Aug.|
|Fruit:||black, smooth, shiny nutlet |
|Leaf:||broad, hairy, bases broadly winged; lower stalked, upper stalkless|
|Habitat: ||disturbed areas|