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    $\begingroup$ Looks a bit like a Flax relative, genus Linum, but the hairy leaves and stems aren't consistent with Linum usitatissimum which is the flax of commerce (the textile linen). $\endgroup$ Apr 16, 2018 at 13:36

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Look into the Symphytum genus, or related genera within Boraginaceae (the forget-me-not family). It is loosely similar to Symphytum officinale, but clearly not that species. The overall layout, size, leaves and hairyness of the stalks is similar to species in Symphytum.

Here is Symphytum officinale, as an example of the overall appearance:

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Also similar from the Anchusa genus in the same family (Anchusa azurea):

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    $\begingroup$ For the record; I don't really think this answer deserves the "accepted" badge. $\endgroup$ Apr 16, 2018 at 17:49
  • $\begingroup$ I agree with Borraginaceae. The examples you provide could be close, but the leaves seem a bit different. $\endgroup$
    – bli
    Apr 17, 2018 at 9:10

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