Symphytum x uplandicum 'Axminster Gold'

Russian Comfrey
Variegated Comfrey

Deciduous, Herbaceous Perennial

This fantastic alternative to the typical hosta for adding heft to perennial plant combinations is valued for its bold, variegated foliage and robust disposition—as long as it's in the right location! A word of caution, take care in siting this plant as it can grow quickly and be difficult to move or remove because it can return from small sections of root. Many gardeners opt to grow this plant for its substantial mounding presence, and will cut back the flowering stems to stimulate fresh foliage.

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Growing Conditions

Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade

Water Needs: Average, Regular / Even


Size: 24 - 48 tall x 24 - 48 wide
Shape / Form: Mounding
Foliage Texture: Bold
Foliage Quality: Bold

Features: Attractive Foliage, Attracts Bees, Attracts Butterflies

Foliage Color: Variegated, Yellow, Yellow / Gold

Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Season: Jun, May, Spring, Summer
Flower Shape: Bell

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Beds and Borders, Mixed Border
Special Situations: Deer Resistant
Wildlife: Bees, Butterflies

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Three Seasons of Interest
Plant Behavior: Aggressive / Crowds Neighbors, Clumping, Fast Growing / Vigorous, Potentially Invasive, Suckers
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite, Plants That Earn Their Keep

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: medium

Plant Combos