Comfrey is an incredibly useful and versatile plant. Large roots mine deep into the subsoil, unlocking nutrients and bringing them to the surface where other, more shallow rooted plants are able to access them. Comfrey can also be used as a “chop and drop” plant, meaning the fuzzy, broad green leaves that are packed with the aforementioned nutrients can be chopped and simply dropped on the soil surface for an outstanding, nitrogen rich mulch. It seems to enjoy this sort of treatment, and leaves will come back vigorously in as little as a week! Can be cut flush to the ground several times a year.
Comfrey has beautiful purple (sometimes white) bell-shaped, drooping flowers that emerge from 3-4’ stalks. Watching big bumblebees work their way into these is a real pleasure, it’s hilarious sometimes! Not only is comfrey a wonderful plant to look at and work with, it also has beneficial medicinal qualities. One of the common names for comfrey is “Knitbone” - named so for it’s powerful healing properties, it is fantastic at promoting new cell growth. Mash into a poultice or create a compress of comfrey and plantain and apply directly to any sore or aching joints, muscles, or bones for some plant-based relief*. No homestead is complete without some comfrey somewhere!
NOTES, PLEASE READ: When you plant comfrey, think through where you want it as this is not only a perennial, but often a permanent installment. Plants propagate by root division and will multiply from a root fragment of 1-2”. We’ve left fragments on the surface of sod and it has rooted! Unless you’d like it everywhere - do not till, it WILL spread uncontrollably. Leave the roots alone (unless you want to divide) and you’ll be fine!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.