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Our Price: $6.95
ZONE: 3 - 9
SIZE: 36"H x 15"S
BLOOM: Lavender, Late Spring - Summer
POT SIZE: 3.5" Pot

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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!

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Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 22 Write a review.

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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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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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In homemade soap April 27, 2015
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from United States  
I used to make goat milk soap and combined comfrey leaves with olive oil to add to the milk and lye to make the soap. Was wildly popular!

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Them Roots, Though April 7, 2015
Reviewer: Rachel Burns from Fort Campbell, KY United States  
Oh my goodness - the root system on this thing is no joke. It arrived in great condition and the leaves are really taking off. This will really help my compost bin!

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Unbelievable! May 29, 2014
Reviewer: dinah monast from cairo, WV United States  
i purchased your comfrey last may (2013) and it took off well.
this past winter was the worse west virginia has seen in many years with extended single digit freezes with lots of snow/ice and dumb me, i didn't mulch to protect.
first of spring, my comfrey "peeked" out of the ground and is HUGE - have already cut it back a bit, 3 times already!
even though i've grown comfrey for years in the deep south, i've never had any as vigorous and hardy as this one! heading outside now to trim her back AGAIN!

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