Common Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)

Clump-forming herbaceous hardy perennial reaching over 1m/3ft high with prolific, long, broad, hairy basal leaves and bell-shaped pinkish/purple flowers in early summer. Common Comfrey will self-seed readily. For a non-spreading variety, please see Comfrey Bocking 14 listing. Comfrey is a fantastic mineral (especially potassium) accumulator plant due to its long tap root. Works well planted around fruit trees. The plant can also be cut several times a year and the foliage placed on soil as a mulch. Comfrey can also be used to make liquid fertilizer. Place cut foliage into a container and weigh down with a board and bricks and cover. After a few days, a thick dark liquid will form. Dilute with water at a ratio 1:10.


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