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True Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)

10.00
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True Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)

10.00

True Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is a classic complementary plant for fruit trees and vegetable gardens. It has long, beautiful shoots with hanging, creamy, bell-like flowers in late Summer, and large green leaves shooting from the crown year-round. Comfrey is best loved for its ability to hoard nutrients, and bring them up via its enormous taproot.

We plant comfrey underneath fruit trees. Its flowers feed pollinators at a time that the fruit trees aren’t in flower, and comfrey leaves bring nutrients to ground level for the shallower-rooted fruit trees. It’s invaluable!

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True Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is a classic complementary plant for fruit trees and vegetable gardens. It has long, beautiful shoots with hanging, creamy, bell-like flowers in late Summer, and large green leaves shooting from the crown year-round. Comfrey is best loved for its ability to hoard nutrients, and bring them up via its enormous taproot.

We plant comfrey underneath fruit trees. Its flowers feed pollinators at a time that the fruit trees aren’t in flower, and comfrey leaves bring nutrients to ground level for the shallower-rooted fruit trees. It’s invaluable!

The comfrey we sell is sterile, which means that its seeds won’t germinate. This is because comfrey’s roots are so deep that even newly-seeded comfrey can be next to impossible to get rid of. Each root division will grow a whole new plant, and each roots can be a metre or more in depth. so in order to be responsible, we don’t offer self-seeding comfrey, and instead recommend choosing the spot carefully and planting once.

You can always dig up a clump of comfrey roots to propagate it yourself, and every few months I will remove some leaves to make comfrey tea, a great fertiliser for the rest of the garden.

Comfrey is used traditionally on broken bones and for other ailments, usually relating to pain and inflammation. However, having been scared off it in my early 20s, I know almost nothing about this potentially wonderful herbal remedy. We currently buy pain relief balm from Lynny’s Herbal Potions, which is entirely comfrey and wonderful, but at this juncture I have no confidence in my personal knowledge of comfrey, so suggest you do your own research before using it as a remedy!

Our comfrey stash is forever quite low, so we do not currently sell root clumps for a reduced price. We will often sell comfrey without any leaves to save on shipping- they can be quite fragile and come out the other end looking less than spectacular.