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Comfrey, True (Symphytum officinalis) potted plant, organic

$7.50$50.00

Family:  Borage (Boraginacea)

Hardy in Zones 4 to 8

Herbaceous perennial native to Europe.  True Comfrey is the original herb as detailed in all the ancient literature. Traditional usage (TWM): used externally to speed healing.  Source of alantoin. Plant prefers full sun and regular garden soil.  Good drainage is helpful (add sand and organic matter to clayey soil) and frequent watering is also helpful.  After the plant reaches the late flowering stage, simply cut it back and lay the leaves back down on the crown.  It will regrow through its own mulch.

Potted plant, Certified Organically Grown

 

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  1. Question

    Kathy Saunders

    I live at 7400 ft, nights are near or just below freezing, days around 60. What soil temp would be best for crowns?
    Going to put them in a raised bed..
    Thanks

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Kathy, True Comfrey does best when transplanted in cold soils of early spring or fall. Given your description, I would plant right away. Our soil hasn’t really warmed up yet and the true comfrey is in full flower. We’ll probably have to cut the flowers off of your plants before we ship them! Richo

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    • Jenn

      DO you find that this reseeds as aggressively as many claim? I was given root years ago that I believe is true comfrey and I have only ever found two seedlings. I also have Bocking 14, which isn’t nearly as robust. If there is one plant to have everywhere, I suppose this is it. However, I also value diversity. Thanks!

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      Richo Cech

      I like to avoid aggression whenever possible and welcome comfrey into my gardens, which do contain plenty of it. Thing is, the comfrey never causes me any concern, and when I smash my thumb, I never have far to walk before I can find something starting with C which kills the pain and starts the healing.

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    • Mary

      Comfrey spreads if you disturb the roots. My experience is that otherwise it will stay in place.

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