Symphytum officinale

Comfrey flower close up

This well-known showy plant is a member of the Borage and Forget-me-not tribe, Boraginaceae. A hardy perennial, its large leaves are rough and hairy all over. Comfrey thrives in almost any soil or situation, but does best in moist conditions. A useful plant it can be used with great success as a liquid manure, activator for compost heaps, a weed barrier or attractive understory plant.

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Specifications of Comfrey

Preferred Climate Warm Temperate, SubtropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From RhizomeLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 1-2m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Yes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

Fruiting/Harvest Months February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December,

Comfrey Reviews & Tips

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★★★★★ 1y ago

Penfield , 5121, Australia


Very good

Merryn Galluccio
7y ago

Forster, NSW, Australia


The chickens love eating it. When they are let out to free range they all head straight for the comfrey patch. Very hardy growing and it is a perennial.

★★★★★ 8y ago

Cooroy, Qld, Australia

So good for compost health and the chicken also love it

Bec Christie
10y ago

Junourton, VIC


The whole plant is an excellent soil conditioner, the roots penetrate deep into the subsoil and are able to access nutrients beyond the reach of more shallow-rooted plants. This allows the gardener to cycle nutrients leached from the topsoil back to the

★★★ 12y ago

Glen Eden, QLD, Australia

My garden will love the mulch and soil benefilts this leafy purple flower plant provides  

★★★★★ 12y ago


these have gone so well and have really helped a couple of sick plants that I planted them next to. This year I've divided the roots and now have lots of new plants to be planted out around the rest of the fruit trees.

12y ago

Marrickville, NSW, Australia


Combine Comfrey leafes and Calendula flower buds, mince them with a knife. Melt Vaseline in a dish places in hot water pot. Put Mince in Vaseline for 3-4 hours, reheat again and strain Mince from Vaseline. Use to treat skinwounds (cuts, scars, bruises).

Angela Hanan
13y ago

Coos Bay , OR


Comfrey is also good for healing wounds.

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