Comfrey

Scientific Name: 
Symphytum officinale
Family Name: 
Boraginaceae
Place of Origin: 
Asia and Europe
Plant Description: 
Leaves are oblong-lanceolate. Plant feel rough to the touch due to short hairs. Flowers are mauve, blue, or pink and coil.
Plant Height: 
100cms
Plant Width: 
50cms
Plant Use: 
Medicinal
Animal Fodder
Dye
Danger
Harvest Period: 
Various times during the year
Of Interest: 
A really special plant, the leaves and/or roots can be made into a healing poultice. Use it for topical pain relief and to reduce swelling. Chickens loves to eat it. It can also help break down your compost quicker. There is a bit of controversy out there about internal use of Comfrey potentially causing liver damage, however, both sides are quite strong in their views about whether it is or isn't, and how much you'd actually have to consume to have any negative effects, so do your research and you decide!
Annual, Biannual or Perennial: 
Perennial
Plant Type: 
Herb
Climate: 
Temperate
Deciduous or Evergreen: 
Evergreen

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