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Creeping comfrey (Symphytum grandiflorum)

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Creeping comfrey (Symphytum grandiflorum)

from 4.00

Creeping comfrey, my most glorious fave. This stuff lives for full sun but try to keep it in part shade as it is a vigorous grower.

In landscaping, we plant it anywhere that gets a significant amount of liquid fertiliser (under shrubs, along the edges of lawns, anywhere there may be runoff into the water table). It also goes along borders, as it is very striking as a border plant and takes well to regular clipping- the flowers are creamy and gorgeous- AND I most enjoy running over it with the lawnmower or line trimmer a few times a year in order to make the leaves compost down and release all of its high-nutrient goodness into the top of the soil once more.

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Creeping comfrey, my most glorious fave. This stuff lives for full sun but try to keep it in part shade as it is a vigorous grower.

In landscaping, we plant it anywhere that gets a significant amount of liquid fertiliser (under shrubs, along the edges of lawns, anywhere there may be runoff into the water table). It also goes along borders, as it is very striking as a border plant and takes well to regular clipping- the flowers are creamy and gorgeous- AND I most enjoy running over it with the lawnmower or line trimmer a few times a year in order to make the leaves compost down and release all of its high-nutrient goodness into the top of the soil once more.

This comfrey does not have a long taproot, so it is not as good at absorbing nutrients as the larger comfrey. However, it is also therefore a lot more easy to remove if you choose to. It is a very vigorous grower in ideal circumstances (not too hot, direct sunlight) and seems to tolerate a long dry summer as well as a cold, wet winter.

Please note that cuttings are wrapped in wet newspaper, with no roots, in a small amount of soil. In the case of comfrey, it will likely have roots, and the runners need to be buried just under soil level. If you are not confident at planting, you should purchase the adult plant. You will receive three 10cm cuttings that need to be into wet soil as soon as possible.