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By the way Fred, as others have expressed, great pics!
I try to take pics of plants and wildlife, but apparently I'm not that good at photography. They always come out blurry. Oh well, ONE thing I'm not good at.
I use my smartphone. What is your setup? How do you take those detailed close-ups?
 
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Cam: my reason is based on the fact that I have 1 sq yd of it growing right off my patio. The color and shape of the flowers, the orientation of the flowers on the stalk to the rest of the plant, the veining and shape of the leaves and the arrangement of the leaves relative to each other all perfectly mimic what is growing off my patio and which is not comfrey.
 
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Here's a video Paul made about comfrey. Maybe it will help us determine which it really is until we have a definitive answer.

 
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Borage has more bristles than comfrey.
Borage flowers are star shaped once they open up; comfrey retains the bell shape.

There is a good post at this link with pictures showing the difference.
 
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Yes! Thanks for that link to a picture of borage. I used the "Img" button (in the reply box, there's a whole line of useful buttons near the top) to add it here. It has fuzzy leaves like comfrey, but it's an annual. You can eat the blue flowers, they taste like cucumber to me.

Comfrey has purple flowers, in my experience.
 
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I stand corrected. Thanks.
 
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Really loving the pictures, Fred.

This is my first post and I don't know how to reference your earlier mystery plant but I agree with Leila that it's Claytonia. We call it Winter Purslane here in the UK. Our plant look exactly like your one and we over winter it here (Zone *) as a winter salad plant - lots of Vitamin C but a bit bland.
 
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Thanks Fred. Erigeron is such a nice plant. Our local one here is called Beach daisy. Probably not the same one as yours, seeing as you're a long way, a lot of hardiness and a lot of altitude away from the beach. Please dont' eat the death camas. Comfrey is so much taller than borage that I never confuse them. Also, as was said, sky blue versus purple flowers.
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Thanks everyone for your ID help (and compliments)! What an amazing resource this community of knowledgeable people is! Just to be sure if that old photo was comfrey or borage, i've taken three more pictures of the exact same plant. It is planted in one of the hugle berms at basecamp. It was identified to me as comfrey and it looks like the plant we had in MN that my friend called comfrey. Hope this makes it clear one way or the other.

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Yup, comfrey!
 
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