This highly valued medicinal herb bears pink, purple, and white flowers and is best used as poultice. Comfrey contains allantoin which facilitates cell division, making it extremely valuable for healing wounds. Due to pyrrolizidine alkaloids in comfrey, there is concern for hepatic toxicity; therefore, it should be applied externally only.
- 20 seeds minimum
- Germination: 14-21 days
- Lightly scarify seeds and start indoors 6-8 weeks prior to last frost date. Plant in seed starting mix and very lightly cover with soil. Keep evenly moist but not soggy. Harden off and transplant outdoors in full sun when soil temperatures reach 68 degrees+.
- Space plants 12-16” apart.
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I bought my Comfrey seeds back in 2019. I started 12 seeds inside. Only 1 germinated:( But that tiny little start grew to a huge plant in the first year, and faithfully comes up each year since! It’s tripled in size, even though I’ve dug some up to give to friends. Not much will grow in that part of my garden because it’s mostly shaded and moist, hard ground. But the Comfrey thrives! Any plants I plant near it grow amazing as it’s a living fertilizer plant. I use the leaves to make compost tea for watering plants, or as a green compost to add around the garden. I also use it to make tincture and salve. My chickens enjoy nibbling on it. It doesn’t bloom for very long, but the pollinators and me love when it does:) I think digging up a bit of a friends Comfrey would work better, but if you don’t have that luxury I would definitely recommend this way because Comfrey is way too useful not to grow. I wish Annie’s had better/multiple pictures of their offerings. My plant is such a lush, dark green and gets stunning purple bell shaped flowers. I have some pictures, but unfortunately there is no option to add a picture to the review…