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Comfrey 'Common'

Zones: 3-9
Exposure: Full Sun
Mature Size: 3-4'H x 18"S
Bloom: Lavender, Late Spring - Summer
Pot Size: 3.25”
Availability: IN STOCK

Minimum Order - ANY TWO plants

Product Features

  • Medicinal
  • Pollinator

  • Comfrey Plants

    Symphytum officinale

    Comfrey is one of our most popular medicinal herbs. Common Comfrey is also referred to as ‘Knitbone’ as it is the plant's high concentrations of Allantoin that helps reduce inflammation of sprains and broken bones. When mashed and heated into a poultice or applied as a salve, Comfrey can also make a wonderfully mild astringent great for ulcers and sores. The plant's natural Allantoin levels also make it a great herb for after sun care. Just steep fresh comfrey into a tea for external use, by straining the leaves and letting it cool. You can then soak the sunburned areas in the cooled tea to help reduce pain and discomfort, and promote healthy skin regeneration.

    This vigorous self-seeder originated in Europe and temperate parts of Asia. Comfrey has dark green, long and oval shaped leaves that grow on upright branches on top of the plant. Soft, bell-shaped flowers in yellow or purple bloom from May until September. Comfrey enjoys a wet, shady area and will do well in most soil types. Though it makes a beautiful addition to the garden, it can sometimes be bothersome to get rid of, as new shoots grow easily from pieces of severed roots.

    More recently, Comfrey has been the subject of a hot new composting trend. Because the plant yields large amounts of leaves, breaks down quickly and contains natural compost activators, you can create a compost tea from comfrey for fertilizing your plants. To learn how to make your own comfrey compost tea and how it benefits your garden, read our blog, Comfrey: Your Compost Companion.


    ** Please note: Comfrey should not be taken internally as, even in small doses over time, it can be harmful.

  • Symphytum officinale

    Characteristics: A vigorous self-seeder, Comfrey can grow up to 36" high and is perennial in zones 4-9.

    Light: Comfrey prefers full sun.

    Water: Comfrey needs an average amount of water and prefers to stay consistently moist but not waterlogged. Do not allow it to dry out between waterings.

    Soil: Needs moist soil that drains well so that the roots do not stay wet and begin to rot. Can grow in a soil pH range of 6.1 (mildly acidic) to 7.8 (mildly alkaline).

    Use: Known for its terrific medicinal purposes, Comfrey also makes a great compost additive and fertilizer.

    Extras: Comfrey plants can sometimes become invasive due to its excessive self seeding. To control its spread, deadhead spent blooms before they go to seed. You can also divide the plant's root ball once it is established for transplanting or propagating. Comfrey is a highly useful herb for the organic gardener! The plants grow quickly and produce four to five pounds of cut foliage per plant, which is very rich in mineral content. This foliage decomposes quickly and makes a highly effective, all natural liquid fertilizer. You can also add the leaves themselves to your compost pile to aide in breaking down other organic matter, which will give you a much richer compost mix. Comfrey is very high in Potassium and contains two to three times more than livestock manure which is commonly used as fertilizer. Go green and try adding Comfrey rather than manure to your garden, which will also reduce the risk of polluted runoff.

  • Uses for Comfrey Plants

    Make a Comfrey Poultice

    The Magic of Comfrey: How to Make a Healing Poultice.
    The term, poultice, brings to mind some ancient, medieval practice; a wrinkled old crone in the forest, gathering herbs to create some magical healing substance. A poultice. What, in fact, is a poultice? A quick Wiki search produces the following:

    "a soft, moist mass, often heated and medicated, that is spread on cloth over the skin to treat an aching, inflamed or painful part of the body".

    Our Comfrey Poultice is magic! The Latin name for Comfrey,conferta, literally means "to grow together" because of its ability to mend broken bones and heal burns and wounds. Comfrey contains allantoin, a substance that actually speeds the production of new cells and encourages healing. Comfrey, also known as 'knitbone' is used to treat all sorts of skin conditions as well. However, our poultice should be used EXTERNALLY to treat swelling and pain. Never use internally!

    You will need:

    • 6-8 large Comfrey leaves
    • 1/2 cup of water
    • Cornmeal
    • Cheesecloth

    Cut up leaves into 2" sections and place into a food processor. Add water and pulse until the mixture resembles a green paste. Fold in a binding agent (cornmeal) using a ratio or 1 part herb paste to 2 parts cornmeal. Spread the mixture on a cloth, fold over to enclose the entire paste and place on affected area. Cover with a heating pad set on LOW, leave on for 20 minute intervals.

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