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Symphytum officinale




Latin Name

    Symphytum officinale

Alternative Name

     Comfrey

Description & Use

     Growing to a height of 3 - 4', comfrey has large dark green leaves that have an oval base tapering to a point.  They are rough and thick-ribbed.  Stems are squarish in section, rough and hairy and tend to branch towards the top.  Roots are  dark brown/black in colour, thick and tapering.

     Leaves can be used in salads or cooked like spinach.  Young shoots can be blanched and cooked like asparagus.

Cultivation

     Position Comfrey in full sun in soil that is rich in nitrogen.  Propogate by cutting root offsets (sections with a growing tip) and plant 2' apart.  This can be done any time except widwinter. 

     Leaves can be picked through the summer while shoots may be blanched in spring/early summer.

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