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Common Comfrey

Symphytum officinale

Plant Data

Order:
Boraginales
Family:
Boraginaceae (Borage)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Clusters of pink-purple or yellowish cream flowers, up to 2cm wide. Flowers can also be magenta, red or white.
Fruit:
A cluster of 4 shiny nutlets, later turning a dark brown or black.
Leaves:
Similar-looking to Foxglove leaves. Large, slender, undivided leaves with a rough texture.
Maximum Size:
100cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The young leaves are tough but can be made into 'Comfrey Leaf Lemonade Fritters'. The roots and leaves can be used to make 'Comfrey Tea. The plant does contain tiny amounts of toxins but you would need to consume large quantities before any harm is done.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Asses-ears, Backwort, Blackwort, Boneset, Bruisewort, Consound, Cultivated Comfrey, Gumplant, Healingherb, Knitback, Knitbone, Quaker Comfrey, Slippery-root, True Comfrey.
Habitats:
Fens, grassland, marshes, meadows, parkland, riversides, roadsides, wasteland, waterside, woodland.