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True Comfrey Seeds (Organic)

True Comfrey Seeds (Organic)

An Original Medicinal Herb

  • Growing Zones: USDA hardiness zones 4 to 9

  • Chill Hours: Not typically applicable for comfrey

  • Bloom Time: Early to mid-summer

  • Approximate Harvest in California: Late spring to early summer

  • Looks: Bell-shaped, purple flowers

  • Personality: Robust growth, resilient, and easily established

  • Facts of Note: Contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids, historically used in traditional medicine for wound healing; cautioned by the FDA due to potential liver damage if consumed excessively

  • Pollinators: Attracts bees and beneficial insects with its flowers, aiding in pollination and garden biodiversityScientifically known as Symphytum officinale var. patens, holds a revered place in the realm of permaculture practices. Understanding the intricacies of growing this herbaceous perennial sheds light on its diverse applications and beneficial properties.

Origins and Characteristics: 

Symphytum officinale, a member of the borage family, is a herbaceous perennial native to Europe and exhibits hardiness, tolerating temperatures as low as -15 degrees F. The plant's vibrant, dangling flowers in shades of vivid purple add to its allure.

Cultivation: 

True Comfrey thrives in various climates and soil types, displaying resilience in different conditions. While it prefers well-draining soil, it can adapt to different soil compositions. Planting in partial shade to full sun encourages healthy growth, and spacing plants around 24 inches apart provides ample room for expansion.

Planting Process: 

Propagation primarily occurs through root divisions or cuttings rather than seeds. Planting root cuttings about 3 to 4 inches deep aids in their establishment. Ensure the soil remains consistently moist during the initial growth phase to support root development.

Care and Maintenance: 

Comfrey demands minimal maintenance once established. Regular watering, particularly during dry spells, assists in robust growth. Mulching around the base of the plant retains moisture and suppresses weed growth. Pruning after flowering helps control the plant's size and encourages fresh growth.

Varieties and Uses: 

Varieties like Symphytum x uplandicum, commonly known as Russian comfrey, or prickly comfrey, showcase slightly different growth patterns or leaf shapes. Comfrey's versatility extends to permaculture practices where it serves as a dynamic accumulator, drawing nutrients from the soil into its leaves, which can later be used as a natural fertilizer.

True Comfrey, or Symphytum officinale var. patens, hails from Europe and thrives in harsh conditions, enduring temperatures as low as -15°F. Renowned for its healing properties in herbal medicine, especially in mitigating inflammation like osteoarthritis, it's also a staple in permaculture and animal feed. Its vivid purple, dangling flowers add aesthetic appeal to its medicinal value.

For more information see our companion guide about Growing Comfrey from Seed.

 

Certified organic, 20 seeds per packet.

Photo by Aiwok

USDA Certified OrganicCertified by Oregon Tilth
Quantity Discounts for True Comfrey Seeds (Organic)
Buy 10 for $4.04 each
Buy 25 for $3.83 each
$4.25
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Description

  • Growing Zones: USDA hardiness zones 4 to 9

  • Chill Hours: Not typically applicable for comfrey

  • Bloom Time: Early to mid-summer

  • Approximate Harvest in California: Late spring to early summer

  • Looks: Bell-shaped, purple flowers

  • Personality: Robust growth, resilient, and easily established

  • Facts of Note: Contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids, historically used in traditional medicine for wound healing; cautioned by the FDA due to potential liver damage if consumed excessively

  • Pollinators: Attracts bees and beneficial insects with its flowers, aiding in pollination and garden biodiversityScientifically known as Symphytum officinale var. patens, holds a revered place in the realm of permaculture practices. Understanding the intricacies of growing this herbaceous perennial sheds light on its diverse applications and beneficial properties.

Origins and Characteristics: 

Symphytum officinale, a member of the borage family, is a herbaceous perennial native to Europe and exhibits hardiness, tolerating temperatures as low as -15 degrees F. The plant's vibrant, dangling flowers in shades of vivid purple add to its allure.

Cultivation: 

True Comfrey thrives in various climates and soil types, displaying resilience in different conditions. While it prefers well-draining soil, it can adapt to different soil compositions. Planting in partial shade to full sun encourages healthy growth, and spacing plants around 24 inches apart provides ample room for expansion.

Planting Process: 

Propagation primarily occurs through root divisions or cuttings rather than seeds. Planting root cuttings about 3 to 4 inches deep aids in their establishment. Ensure the soil remains consistently moist during the initial growth phase to support root development.

Care and Maintenance: 

Comfrey demands minimal maintenance once established. Regular watering, particularly during dry spells, assists in robust growth. Mulching around the base of the plant retains moisture and suppresses weed growth. Pruning after flowering helps control the plant's size and encourages fresh growth.

Varieties and Uses: 

Varieties like Symphytum x uplandicum, commonly known as Russian comfrey, or prickly comfrey, showcase slightly different growth patterns or leaf shapes. Comfrey's versatility extends to permaculture practices where it serves as a dynamic accumulator, drawing nutrients from the soil into its leaves, which can later be used as a natural fertilizer.

True Comfrey, or Symphytum officinale var. patens, hails from Europe and thrives in harsh conditions, enduring temperatures as low as -15°F. Renowned for its healing properties in herbal medicine, especially in mitigating inflammation like osteoarthritis, it's also a staple in permaculture and animal feed. Its vivid purple, dangling flowers add aesthetic appeal to its medicinal value.

For more information see our companion guide about Growing Comfrey from Seed.

 

Certified organic, 20 seeds per packet.

Photo by Aiwok

Shipping Information

Ships from Northern CA.

Shipping Weight: 0.01 lb

Dimensions: 5.0"L x 2.625"W x 0.1"H

Features

  • Attracts Bees/Butterflies
  • Cold Hardy
  • Container Compatible
  • Does Not Require Support
  • Down to 25°F
  • Good for Drying
  • Open-Pollinated
  • Plant Spreads
  • Requires Summer Water

Characteristics

Organic Status: Certified Organic Product
Approximate Harvest Time : Early Fall
Approximate Harvest Time : Early Summer
Approximate Harvest Time : Late Summer
Growth Habit : Herbaceous
Life Cycle : Tender Perennial
Plant Usage : Attracts Bees/Butterflies
Plant Usage : Medicinal Plant
Plant Usage : Ornamental
Planting Time : Spring
Seed Unit Sizes : Seed Pack
Soil pH : 6.1 - 6.5
Soil pH : 6.6 - 7.0
Starting Location : Direct Sow
Starting Location : Start Indoors & Transplant
Sun Requirements : Full Sun/Part Sun
Useful Plant Part : Leaves
Organic Certifier: Oregon Tilth

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.

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Customer Reviews

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Samantha
So many uses

Cannot wait to see what this adds to the garden with so many benefits.

K
Kathy Schneider
Purchased this 2 years ago

I finally was able to get germination in Austin after our winter storm. Took some time, however my plant is gorgeous and I'm looking forward to putting it to good use.

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Comfrey
Good seeds

I recently bought 5 packs of these comfrey seeds, they arrived quickly and every pack had 20 seeds as advertised. Looking forward to feeding this to my livestock.

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Pam
Great Seeds

Beautiful packaging and I can't wait to put these seeds in the ground.

C
Catwoman
I will plant Comfrey next spring

First time user, hope comfrey brings some nutrition back to our peach trees.

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