Comfrey, Russian Bocking #14 (Symphytum uplandicum)
Comfrey, Russian Bocking #14 (Symphytum uplandicum)
Comfrey, Russian Bocking #14 (Symphytum uplandicum)
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Comfrey, Russian Bocking #14 (Symphytum uplandicum)

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Comfrey is the workhorse of a perennial garden!  It gives so much and asks for so little...and did we mention that it's BEAUTIFUL?!   We grow it around our fruit trees and as a border around our veggie gardens.  There are 3 main jobs it does for us:

1) FERTILIZATION - Comfrey is a wonderful chop and drop fertilizer plant.  It has deep roots that mine for minerals.  This makes it drought tolerant once established and you can cut the leaves and drop them around your plants and trees.  You can also make a fertilizer tea from its leaves. The NPK ratio of comfrey leaves is 8:3:20.

2) POLLINATOR ATTRACTOR - The beautiful purple flowers attract bees and other beneficial insects to your garden.

3)  SOOTHES INFLAMMATION & SPEEDS HEALING - Comfrey's nickname is "knitbone" and this gives a clue about its herbal powers.  It can be used as a poultice on broken bones, sprains, and strains.  It also is a great ingredient in soothing skin balms.

SUN FULL OR PART SUN
MOISTURE LOVES MOISTURE, BUT DROUGHT TOLERANT ONCE ESTABLISHED
GROWING ZONES USDA 3-9 (Not sure? Find your growing zone here)
SIZE 2 feet tall and wide
PRO TIP This variety of comfrey does not produce viable seeds, so it should stay put where you want it.  However, if you disturb the roots, it will cause it to multiply.  If you want to remove it, cut off water completely.