Symphytum officinale, commonly known as comfrey, boneset, or knitbone, is a large, bulbous, thick, tufted perennial (up to 3′ tall and 2.5′ wide). It is now mainly cultivated as an ornamental plant for its foliage and attractive spring flowers.

Comfrey Flower

The large, hairy, pointed, oval-lance-shaped, deep green basal leaves grow up to 8″ long. Upper leaves are deciduous and smaller than basal leaves.

Bee On Comfrey Flowers

The tubular, flower-like snowdrops, white to purple to pink, appear in pendulous clusters from mid-spring to early summer.

Lavender Comfrey Flowers

Comfrey has been grown as a medicinal herb since 400 B. C. The plant was first imported to the United States for medicinal purposes in the 17th century by immigrants.

Medicinal Comfrey Flowers

Over time, comfrey has developed Naturalized along roadsides and in badlands in the United States.

Purple Comfrey Flowers

The genus Symphytum belongs to the Boraginaceae family and includes about 35 species[1]. It’s native to Europe, growing in grassy and damp places.

Rough Blue Comfrey Flowers

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Key References
  • [1]“Comfrey, Symphytum officinale L.”. Accessed November 03, 2021. Link.


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