It has been very rewarding developing some of the lesser Willamette Valley forbs into commercial crops, like the Catís ear. In late spring and early summer foliage is followed by extremely fuzzy, white or pale pink flowers. Ample winter rainfall with sparse summer irrigation is best. Low growing to 4 in. Little blossoming size bulbs. Key nectar species for Fenders Blue Butterfly and Taylor's Checkerspot.
Symphytum x uplandicum 'Axminster Gold' (Variegated Russian Comfrey)
A plant of real distinction with large leaves boldly edged in vibrant yellow. Robust to 3 ft. in flower, it will enliven any area where it grows. Easy and very fast in spring - a great attention grabbing garden center flip.