Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) Plant



Comfrey is easy to grow and thrives in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade, but will perform reasonably well in somewhat dry locations. Comfrey does spread, and planting in larger containers may help restrain this. Easily propagated by seed, root cuttings or division.
Growing Zones:3 – 9
Native Range:Europe, Asia
Mature Height:2 – 3 feet
Mature Width:15 – 24 inches
Spacing:12 – 24 inches
Sunlight:Full Sun, Part Shade
Soil Type:Average, well drained
Growth Rate:Moderate
Leaf Description:Long, oval, fuzzy
Bloom Time:Late Spring, Summer
Bloom Description:Lavender
Harvest:Leaf, Root
Harvest Time:Leaf – Spring, Root – Spring, Late Fall
Drought Tolerance:Moderate
Special Properties:Makes excellent compost material, Attracts bees, Spreads and can become invasive, Comfrey is covered in small, fiberglass-like hairs and can cause skin irritation and itching.


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