A very good red flowered comfrey which was discovered growing in Angela and Ian's Snape Cottage garden. We were grateful to have received this plant from Angela herself and are pleased to be able to make it more widely available.
Height and spread: 45cm x 60cm
As seen from the common names, it has long been used as a herbal cure, edible vegetable and animal fodder. It has also been used as a compost maker and plant food. An early use was in setting bones, the roots being ground to a paste and used in the way plaster of Paris is used today. The name comfrey comes from the Latin 'Conferre', meaning to bring together. Symphytum comes from the Greek 'Symphyo' - to make whole. All are useful for shady positions, although they will also grow in sun, preferring some moisture.
Common name(s): Red comfrey, Comfrey, Knitbone, Boneset, Bruisewort, Pigweed.