A British native Symphytum which can be found dotted around the British Isles, without being common. Not often offered by nurseries.
Creamy pale-yellow flowers appear in May and June. Forms a good sized clump without being invasive. Grow in fertile soil in full or light shade for best results.
Loved by the common carder bumble bee, the honey bee and the red mason bee.
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): Tuberous Comfrey