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Comfrey

Symphytum spp.

Symphytum ibericum by User:Rasbak (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

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Comfrey Overview

Genus with over 20 hardy, herbaceous, fleshy-rooted perennials also known as comfrey. They produce bell-shaped, hanging white, blue, pink or purple flowers and attractive, veined, ovate to elliptic foliage. Species from this genus are used in gardening as green manure and in herbal medicine. These coarse plants are well-placed in a wild garden and make good groundcover, but must be kept in check as they grow vigorously.

How to propagate Comfrey

Division

Division in spring. Propagate cultivators by division only.

Seed

Seed in autumn; usually self-seeds naturally.

Other uses of Comfrey

Suitable for wild gardens. Use to make liquid manure.