Symphytum officinalis var patens True Comfrey, Knitbone. Herbaceous perennial native to Europe and hardy to -15 degrees F. Multi-purpose healing, permaculture and animal food plant. True comfrey is the original medicinal herb as detailed in all the ancient literature. Vivid purple, dangling flowers.
- Sow the large, shiny seeds just under the surface and tamp in securely.
- Keep warm and moist until germination, which occurs in about 10 days.
- Grow the seedlings out in pots for about 3 months, then transplant outdoors. You can also direct-seed into a fertile bed in the late summer or spring.
Certified organic, 20 seeds/pkt.
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Planting & Care
Soil & Water:Thrives in rich, moist but well drained soil in part shade or sun.
Planting & Growing: Sow in cool soils of early spring with germination in 3-6 weeks. Or give 30 days of refrigeration in pots of moist soil in a sealed plastic bag or glass jar and then sow in the garden or pots. Thin or transplant to 18 inches apart.
Harvesting & Storage: Harvest leaves for use fresh or drying.