When Comfrey Flops: Good to know!

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When Comfrey Flops

By Bonehead
October 4, 2013

Comfrey is a robust plant which forms a thick clump quickly, followed by many blossoms that are nectar to the honeybees and other pollinators. Then, without warning, the whole plant flops to the ground from the center out, often compromising neighboring plants. The simple solution is...

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crittergarden
Oct 5, 2013 6:12 AM CST
I just got my first little bit of comfrey from a friendly gardener.......
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Bonehead
Oct 5, 2013 10:08 AM CST
You will love it, such a bee magnet. It does get fairly thick so give it enough space to spread its wings.
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crittergarden
Oct 5, 2013 2:08 PM CST
ok!
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Name: Anna
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canadanna
Oct 5, 2013 5:55 PM CST
I like the way you think. Not all mulch has to be brown!
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homeshow
Oct 7, 2013 5:35 AM CST
I wish I had some comfrey. Sounds like a good plant to keep.
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DLBSwanson
Oct 8, 2013 11:24 PM CST
I have been taking Symphytom drops on the advice of a homeopath to aid bone healing after a break. It is also known as knitbone.
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Bonehead
Oct 9, 2013 8:01 AM CST
Warm welcome from the Pacific Northwest, DLB. Comfrey is indeed a very useful medicinal herb.
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NEILMUIR1
Nov 13, 2014 8:15 PM CST
Dear Deb, Comfrey has been used for centuries and is known as knitbone. Contemporary herbalists have an ambivalent and controversial view of comfrey, despite a tradition of use by herbalists over history. Its traditional names of knitbone, boneset and the derivation of its Latin name Symphytum (from the Greek symphis, meaning growing together of bones, and phyton, a plant), speak to its long and widespread usage as a therapeutic herb. It is wonderful as a skin ointment for healing Rugby wounds. As is witch hazel.
It the plant that is, requires copious amounts of nitrogen. Plenty of manure and a most weed free place and it grows like stink.
Lovely plant as well.
Good you like it!
Regards from a most cold England.
Neil.

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