Comfrey (Symphytum Officinale, L.)

The habitat of this plant is river-banks, watery places. The plant is erect in habit. It is roughly hairy all over. There is a branched rootstock. The roots are fibrous and fleshy. The stem is stout, angular, branched, broadly winged at the top. The leaves are ovate to lance-shaped, narrow below, the radical leaves with a long winged leaf-stalk, are shortly - stalked, and running down the stem. The flowers are yellowish - white or purple (5. patens), in racemes or scorpioid cymes in pairs, drooping. The sepals are narrow to lance-shaped, spreading, more downy in the purple-flowered type. The nutlets are shining. The plant is 1-3 ft. high, flowering in May and June, and is a herbaceous perennial.

Tufted Scorpion Grass (Myosotis Cespitosa, K. F. Schultz)

The habitat of this plant is watery or wet places. The habit is prostrate, then ascending. The rootstock is short, and there are no stolons. The plant has a felt of distant appressed hairs. The stem is much branched, round, with a line running down the stem, the branches slender. The leaves are bright, shining-green, the radical ones spoon-shaped to oblong, polished. The stem-leaves are linear to oblong, with a rounded tip, blunt or notched, narrowed to the stalkless base. The flowers are bright-blue, in a raceme, or long cyme, slender, leafy below. The sepals have straight, closely pressed hairs, and are blunt, triangular, oblong to ovate, as long as the tube. The corolla has a yellow disk or centre. The style is not so long as the calyx. The nutlets are black, short, broad, bordered, not keeled in front. The plant is 6-18 in. in height, flowering between May and August. It is a herbaceous perennial.