Comfrey (symphytum officinalis or symphytum officinale) is a member of the borage family and is native to Europe. It has been introduced to other parts of the world, including North America, where it is now naturalized. True comfrey seeds can take up to 30 days to germinate and the plant is hardy to -15 degrees Fahrenheit.
Comfrey typically grows to a height of two to four feet and has pink, purple, or white flowers that bloom from June to August. The leaves are large and hairy, and the plant produces a black fruit that contains seeds. It is known to be drought-tolerant.
Comfrey has a long history of medicinal use and is still revered for its reported healing properties. The roots and leaves can be made into poultices that are said to assist with treating bruises, joint pain, and inflammation. Comfrey tea is also thought to aid in digestion and relieve respiratory congestion.
In addition to its medicinal uses, comfrey is also prized as an ornamental plant due to its colorful flowers.
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