Russian Comfrey

Symphytum officinale

Over centuries, comfrey was cultivated in Asia, Europe, and the United Kingdom as a vegetable and herbal medicine. Its early common names – “knitbone” or “boneset”- reflect its historical use in treating sprains, bruises, or bone fractures. Comfrey has unfurling cymes of beautiful edible purple flowers that can be used in salads or for garnishes.

Water: Adaptable, can be invasive in wet zones

Hardiness: Not frost tender, but disappears in winter

Habit: A spreading rhizomatous perennial to 3' tall

Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil: Adaptable, likes rich soil

Origin: Damp, grassy places in Europe. It is frequent found in Ireland and Britain on river banks and ditches.

Additional Characteristics: Edible Flower

Russian Comfrey