This unusual form of the old cottage garden plant (Symphytum grandiflorum) is one of the first spring flowers to appear in March. Short, rough stems bearing hairy leaves carry terminal bunches of long pink buds opening to blue and white tubular flowers.
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.
Common name:Symphytum grandiflorum