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Genus: Symphytum

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Comfrey is the common name given to a genus of about 30 species of bristly perennials found in damp, shady habitats.

The use of comfrey has been researched in this country since the early 1900s as an organic alternative to fertilizer. It is known to encourage those useful bacteria in your compost heap and ‘comfrey tea’, made by rotting down leaves in water for 4-5 weeks, makes a great alternative to liquid fertilizer too!

The ‘old’ name for comfrey is knitbone as it was used to help broken or weak bones among other ailments.

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You can also discover who's growing Symphytum.

  • Comfrey (Symphytum tuberosum (Tuberous Comfrey))
    By Janey
  • Symphytum caucasicum (Symphytum caucasicum)
    By spritzhe..
  • Symphytum Goldsmith.... (Symphytum Goldsmith..)
    By Dottydai..
  • Symphytum....Comfrey (Symphytum tuberosum (Tuberous Comfrey))
    By Janey


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comfrey as a fertiliser?

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28 Jul, 2008

Species of Symphytum