Symphytum uplandicum, also known popularly as Comfrey, is a perennial herb native to Europe. It comes from the Forget-Me-Not family of plants, and is perhaps one of the most well known and recognized medicinal herbs.
Symphytum uplandicum is a hairy leafed herbaceous plant, that has small gorgeous bell shaped flowers, blue-violet in color. This is a fast growing plant, and requires nitrogen rich soil. Comfrey has a large, black turnip like root which is often used medicinally. The flowering parts of the plant can also be used. Since Comfrey is such a productive grower, mature plants of its species can be harvested multiple times a year! Be advised the plant has fine hairs on the stem that can irritate skin, so wear gloves when handling live plants.
Comfrey is a great plant to grow in your garden due to it’s highly effective ability to act as a fertilizer crop! Because Comfrey roots penetrate deep into the soil, it accumulates large amounts of nutrients. At the end of the season, grind up your unused plants including the root, and mix into your soil to help provide needed nutrients.
Sow Exotic carries the ‘Russian’ variety.
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