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Comfrey 'Common'
Comfrey 'Common'

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Our Price: $7.95
ZONE: 3 - 9
SIZE: 36"H x 15"S
BLOOM: Lavender, Late Spring - Summer

Availability: Order Now, Ships Fall

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Comfrey Plants

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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.

Zones: 3 - 9

Size: 36"H x 15"S

Light: Full Sun

Bloom: Lavender, Late Spring - Summer

Comfrey Plant Uses: Comfrey can be applied externally to help heal ulcers and sores and reduce the swelling from broken and sprained bones. As a tea, it aides in digestion, though taken internally in large amounts may cause liver damage.

Tips: Comfrey likes a damp, grassy habitat. It is a fast growing plant, producing huge amounts of leaf during the growing season. It thus requires a lot of nitrogen, and will benefit from the addition of lawn clippings and other nitrogen-rich organic fertilizers. Comfrey is covered in small, fiberglass-like hairs and can cause skin irritation and itching. A vigorous self seeder, one plant will give you tons of seeds for planting!

Does Not Grow Well Indoors!

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Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 25 Write a review.

  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Nice Plants! June 19, 2017
Reviewer: Eva Edmonds from Smithland, KY United States  
I received my Comfrey plants in good shape, and well packaged. They were still moist, and were not root bound. I planted in the ground after 3 days with aged manure compost. They are getting several new leaves and some extra shoots ~ looking like a great start!
*** I will say, if you have ordered a variety of plants, you will have to WAIT for the end of the time frame of the coldest planting zone you might be associated with before they mail your plants. Even if you are borderline, or in the 'banana belt' of your area. I felt I had to wait 2-3 weeks longer than is normal for western KY, but once I received my order they are lovely. I would order again, just keeping in mind the shipping time.

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  4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
The plant was nice size. November 4, 2016
Reviewer: Marilyn Lucas from Brownsville, KY United States  
The plant was nice size when I got it. It just took quite awhile to get my order. I had to call about my order, no one contacted me to tell me why my order was delayed, I had to call them.  I have planted the plant and with good sunlight and water it should do okay. It is somewhat yellow, I'm hoping that will get better as it grows.

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  4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Comfrey roots December 11, 2015
Reviewer: Louisette Pochat from Mount Ida, AR United States  
The comfrey roots you sent me are doing fine. I put them in a smart pot  with cow manure  and they are getting very green. We had been having heavy rain and they are doing ok. I bought them for composting the leaves next year for the nutrients.  Hope they will do fine during the whole winter. I usually loose them in the hot summer. I will try to shade them and see.

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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Comfrey June 5, 2015
Reviewer: Linda from Buena Vista, CO United States  
My 3 plants arrived really fast with good color but did have some yellow leaves and were root bound. I had to let them sit in the pots for a couple days. I managed to get one planted, cut it back a bit and it's doing well. The other two I put in a larger pot until I decide where to put them. I cut them back when I put them in the pot and they are doing fine. I don't like root bound plants and try never to buy them, but these pulled through.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Came in great shape!!! June 5, 2015
Reviewer: Donna Wold from Graham , WA United States  
I'm very happy with my comfrey purchase, it arrived in good condition and packed awesome! I love the little insert letter that,comes,with it as I'm new to planting herbs and such.
I love how you kept me updated on when my plants would ship. I ordered from you a week and a half after a site near me but didn't get my order for two weeks after,yours... I will order again!!!

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