Comfrey (Symphytum uplandicum)

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Symphytum uplandicum, also known popularly as Comfrey, is a perennial herb native to Europe. It comes from the Forget-Me-Not family of plants, and is perhaps one of the most well known and recognized medicinal herbs. 

Symphytum uplandicum is a hairy leafed herbaceous plant, that has small gorgeous bell shaped flowers, blue-violet in color. This is a fast growing plant, and requires nitrogen rich soil. Comfrey has a large, black turnip like root which is often used medicinally. The flowering parts of the plant can also be used. Since Comfrey is such a productive grower, mature plants of its species can be harvested multiple times a year! Be advised the plant has fine hairs on the stem that can irritate skin, so wear gloves when handling live plants. 

Comfrey is a great plant to grow in your garden due to it's highly effective ability to act as a fertilizer crop! Because Comfrey roots penetrate deep into the soil, it accumulates large amounts of nutrients. At the end of the season, grind up your unused plants including the root, and mix into your soil to help provide needed nutrients. 

Sow Exotic carries the 'Russian' variety.

Plant Type
Perennial or Annual Evergreen Herb

Harvest Season
Leaves Year-round
Roots: Late Fall, Early Winter

Mature Size
Up to 1-3 ft tall and wide

Soil & Moisture
Rich, moist, well-draining soil.

Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile
Yes

Growth Rate
Fast

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 4-11; Patio/Greenhouse 4+.  Comfrey grows as a a perennial in zones 3-8, and as an annual zones 9-11

Propagation
Grown from seed and ready to harvest within the growing season.

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Comfrey's medicinal uses include the healing of wounds and bones, as a potent anti-inflammatory, and for skin issues such as acne and psoriasis. Generally an essential oil of the plant is used for external applications. It's primary constituent is Allantoin which is known for helping damaged tissue heal by increasing cell proliferation.  

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