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I have Symphytum 'Goldsmith' as well as theplain Comfrey.  It's variegated
much like your Axminster, but doesn't get tall as your picture showed.  And,
yes, a big slug favorite.  Sounds like you took a bit of a beating from this
weather, too.  Seems we all have in one way or another.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, August 11, 2003 3:15 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Borage, anyone?

> > From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
> (snip) today and barely made a dent.  Does anyone else grow this?
> What good is it?  I
> ----------
> I used to grow it.  As far as I can tell, the species is only good
> for making compost:-)  However, I have a couple of Symphytums I love.
>  S. grandiflorum makes a superb groundcover in light shade, gets
> about a foot tall in bloom...white flowers from red-stained buds.
> Much more spectacular is S. x uplandicum 'Axminster
> Gold'...incredible plant.
> http://www.mtalt.hort.net/a-var/symphytum-axminster-gold%20-225x300.jp
> g
> It bloomed this year - first time - and I'd read that it can be
> propagated from cuttings of the blooming stems, so was going to try
> it when we had this huge storm that about washed half my garden down
> the hill...well, the blooming stems had sort of sprawled and got
> covered with nice rotted woodchip soil - so I left them and will see
> if they root on their own:-)  I don't know if this makes viable seed,
> but I do know you have to propagate from stem cuttings; root cuttings
> don't come out variegated.  One of the bottom leaves is now about 2'
> long...only downside is slugs like it so have to keep pouring on the
> Sluggo.
> There is another variegated form I want - white variegation....one of
> these days.
> But, the species is basically a sprawly ungainly plant and it seems
> to me that it sprouts from bits of roots left in the soil - been
> years since I had it, so I rather forget, except that I remember it
> was hard to get rid of.
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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