Herbaceous perennial herb, In cold areas it is dormant in winter. It is lush and fast-growing. The leaves are a useful addition to compost or used as mulch, as they contain silica, nitrogen, magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron. The whole plant is an excellent soil conditioner and responds to being mowed, which can happen 3- 4 times per year and the disposed of as previously described. (Mulch or compost)
The flowers are excellent bee forage. • Cultivation: - Perennial herb to 60 cm high x 75 cm wide. • Health: - Bruises, sprains and bone fractures have been treated with comfrey for the last two thousand years. • Use: - Leaves and roots can be used as a poultice and also to make an ointment. • Landscape: -
Dainty summer display of pink to purple flowers.
Leaves a prolific source of potassium rich mulch.
Other functions > Dynamic accumulator of nutrients & minerals > Natural grass barrier > Used as a healing cream & poultice > Bee Forage > Supplement fodder for sheep/goats chickens & ducks. > Beautiful border plant
Comfrey can be grown from seed, but it requires a winter chilling period to germinate. It is not unusual to sow seed and not see any germination for two years. If all you want is one comfrey plant, you can usually find them for a reasonable price in the herb section of local nurseries or by mail order. Plants can go outdoors once danger of frost has passed. There are various varieties of comfrey and the variety I use is Docking 14. This Docking 14 has superior rust resistance and and is high in pot ash and allantoin a compound that does wonders for your compost