Scientific Name:
Symphytum L., Sp. Pl. 136 (1753)

Perennial, usually hispid herbs.  Basal lvs with petiole long and welldefined; cauline Ivs sometimes sessile.  Infl. of short, ebracteate terminal cymes.  Calyx 5-lobed, often divided nearly to base, accrescent.  Corolla tube cylindric in lower 1/2, tubular-campanulate or funnelform above; limb of 5 short lobes; scales present, usually with papillate margins.  Stamens included, inserted around middle of tube.  Style exserted; stigma very small.  Nutlets ovoid, erect or curved, usually rugose or verruculose, occasionally smooth; base concave with thickened collar.

[From:  Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

Number of species in New Zealand within Symphytum L.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised2
Exotic: Casual1
Linnaeus, C. 1753: Species Plantarum. Impensis Laurentii Salvii, Stockholm.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.