Come! Ms. Dunlap will give two talks at the CNPS Conservation Conference Feb. 1-3 in LA!

One regarding a database of 3,700 nectar plants (& how to collect images to benefit pollinators), and the other regarding
a prototypical key incorporating a novel plant identification system that produced an order of magnitude improvement.

Symphytum ‘Rubrum’

Family: Boraginaceae

Common name: COMFREY

Native to: Europe, Western Asia


Type: perennial

Forms: clumping, erect

Max height: 1.75 feet

Max width: 1.75 feet


magenta/purple, violet




Attracts wildlife: adult butterfly, specific butterfly species

Plant features: invasive

Exposure: part shade, sun


Propagates by: seed

flowers in summer

Soil type: wide range

USDA Zones: zone 5 to -20 f, zone 6 to -10 f, zone 7 to 0 f, zone 8 to +10 f, zone 9 to +20 f

Temp. range: -20 to +30 °F

Water: moist

Butterflies that feed on this plant