General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 24-30 inches
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Edible Parts: Fruit
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Ca (Calcium)
Mg (Magnesium)
Fe (Iron)
Si (Silicon)
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Root
Division
Pollinators: Bees

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Common names
  • Comfrey

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Date: July 2018
Photo by Bonehead

Date: June 2018
Location: My garden in Belgium
Date: 2009-05-17
Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2015-05-30
Location: Nature Reserve Gent, Belgium
Date: 2011-04-18
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2022-05-16
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5
Date: 2011-10-12
A nice piece of root was given to me by a fellow gardener this Sp
Photo by gardengus
Location: West Valley City, UT
Date: 2012-05-09
Location: Vermont
Date: 2014-06-14
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2022-05-16
Location: Botanical gardens of the State of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
Date: 2017-04-13
Symphytum Officinal - Comfrey Plant
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: may
Location: Medina Co., Texas
Date: April 7, 2012
Comfrey bloom
Location: Whidbey Island Washington
Date: 2011-07-08
Location: Vermont
Date: 2014-06-14
Location: Calgary home
Date: 2014-09-07 
These emerged in September after sitting over the summer.They wer
Location: Calgary home
Date: 2014-09-07
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-04-26
Location: IL
Date: 2010-05-24
Location: IL
Date: 2010-05-24

Courtesy Outsidepride
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Neighbor's Yard
Date: 5-2004
Location: Neighbor's Yard
Date: 2016-05-28
Location: Neighbor's Yard
Date: 2016-05-28
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: Apr 14, 2008 10:52 PM
newly emerging in spring
Location: Milk  & Honey Meadows
Date: 2014-06-25
About to cut to make a salve, it is huge!

photo credit: Dominicus Johannes Bergsma
Location: Home
Location: West Valley City, UT
Date: 2013-07-11
Location: West Valley City, UT
Date: 2012-04-30
From division.
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 2015-05-14
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 2015-05-14
Location: Holladay, UT
Location: Nature Reserve Gent, Belgium
Date: 2009-04-30
Location: Nature Reserve Gent, Belgium
Date: 2011-04-18
Location: Nature Reserve Gent, Belgium
Date: 2009-04-30

Courtesy Outsidepride
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Photo by phlday
Location: Home
Date: 2016-08-04
Location: Vermont
Date: 2014-06-14
Location: Vermont
Date: 2014-06-14
Location: Vermont
Date: 2014-06-14
Photo by gardengus
Location: Darwell Rolling Woods, Alberta
Date: 2008-07-28
Location: Ocean Springs, Ms.
Date: 2017-06-07
Location: Ocean Springs, Ms.
Date: 2017-06-07
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2014-03-13
Emerging in spring
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 2015-05-14
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 2015-05-03
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 2015-05-03
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-05-02
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 2015-07-18
Location: Nature Reserve Gent, Belgium
Date: 2009-05-22
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2015-06-03
Photo by phlday
Location: Neighbor's Yard
Date: 2016-05-28
Location: Medina Co., Texas
Date: April 7, 2012
Comfrey
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Comments:
  • Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Nov 5, 2015 5:55 PM concerning plant:
    One of the most useful plants in my garden that I do not grow to eat. I use this to:
    feed to my goats;
    for compost tea to fertilize my plants;
    as a mulch because the large leaves smother small weeds;
    and to add nutrients to compost and soil.

    The flowers also attract a large number of bees.
  • Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Nov 15, 2011 11:56 PM concerning plant:
    Comfrey is one of those ancient medicinal plants that is still used externally. It was introduced into North America by settlers, and now grows wild in the eastern part of the continent. It is also widely cultivated by herbalists.

    It grows in wet places; it's usually about 3 feet high with oval dark green leaves on an erect hairy stem that branches at the top. The lower leaves are generally much longer than those at the top of the stem. It has purplish bell shaped flowers that bloom in clusters in summer.

    It was used in ancient times for a number of problems, but contemporary usage by herbalists includes surface treatment for psoriasis and other skin problems by way of ointments made from the plant.

    Comfrey leaves are in large part protein and are used often for fodder for livestock.
  • Posted by sallyg (central Maryland - Zone 7b) on Dec 14, 2018 3:57 AM concerning plant:
    Comfrey grows quite well in my zone 7 average garden soil and full sun; it can take some shade. Leaves are large, oval and fuzzy, growing in a mound. Flower stalks grow up but then may lay over, it isn't a stiff plant. The roots are black.
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