Symphytum officinale is a perennial herb to 1 m tall, from a large, black taproot most parts very hairy.
Leaves alternate, to 30 cm long,12 cm wide, narrowly egg-shaped, reduced above, base of lower leaves tapered down stalk, upper leaves stalkless (sessile), harshly hairy both sides.
Flowers purplish to yellowish, to 1.8 cm long, radially symmetrical, tubular, petal lobes 5, small, rounded, anthers 5, between triangular appendages on inside of petal tube; inflorescence of branched rather one-sided clusters, usually curved sharply to one side.; blooms June-Aug.
Fruit dry, nutlets.
Wetland status: NL.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Habitat: Escaped from gardens, along roadsides or open areas where garden waste is dumped.