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COMFREY GROWING INFORMATION Frances Michaels
BOTANICAL NAME:Symphytum officinale
COMMON NAMES: comfrey
FAMILY: Boraginaceae

PLANT DESCRIPTION
Comfrey is a herbaceous perennial herb originating in Europe. It has large, hairy leaves and grows in a rosette to 1 m in height. The mauve flowers are bell-like and borne in clusters. Comfrey rarely flowers in subtropical and tropical areas as there isn't sufficient winter chill to induce flowering. In cold areas it is dormant in winter. It is a hardy plant, with a wide climatic range, from cool temperate to tropical. It provides high yields on fertile, well-watered soil.

USES
Comfrey probably has the widest range of uses in a permaculture system of any plant.
PLANTING DETAILS
Recommended Planting Time: Plant in cool areas in spring, in warmer or more tropical areas plant in the wet season. Comfrey can be propagated by root cuttings or crown division. Root cuttings are the most economical, cut pieces of root 3 cm long and lay horizontally in a prepared garden site or a styrofoam box filled with potting mix. The cuttings should be buried 3 cm deep. Keep moist until the first leaves appear.
Spacing: If a row of comfrey is required, space the plants at 50 cm apart.
Growing Details: Try to plant comfrey in the right position the first time as any root disturbance will create new plants. If it has to be removed, simply cover the clump with several layers of wet newspaper and then top with mulch. The comfrey will rot out, leaving a rich, black compost.

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