Symphytum officinale

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 Symphytum officinale subsp. var.  Comfrey, Common comfrey, English comfrey
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Habit: herbaceous
Height: to
Width: to
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Bloom: early spring, mid spring, late spring, early summer, mid summer, late summer
Exposure: sun, shade
Features: flowers, birds
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USDA Zones: 3 to 9
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Flower features: red, pink
Boraginaceae > Symphytum officinale var. ,

Symphytum officinale is a perennial flowering plant of the genus Symphytum in the family Boraginaceae. Along with several other species of Symphytum, it is commonly known as comfrey.

The hardy plant can grow to a height of 60 cm.

Comfrey has been used in folk medicine as a poultice for treating burns and wounds. However, internal consumption, such as in the form of herbal tea, is discouraged, as it can cause serious liver damage.[1]

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Symphytum officinale, Linn. (S. bohemicum, F. W. Schmidt). Perennial, about 3 ft. high: root thick: st. branched, white-pilose: lvs. slightly pilose, basal and lower cauline ovate - lanceolate, upper oblong-lanceolate, all broadly decurrent at base: fls. white, yellowish, purple, or rose, in drooping cymes. Eu., Asia. Var. argenteum, Hort., is offered in the trade as growing 2 ft. high, with silver-variegated foliage and drooping blue fls. Var. aureum, Hort., is offered in the trade as a golden variegated form growing 2 ft. high. Var. coccineum, Hort. (S. coccineum, Hort., ex Schlecht.), is offered in the trade as a scarlet-fld. form. Var. lilacinum, Hort., is offered in the trade. Var. purpureum, Pers. (S. officinale var. bohemicum, Don), has reddish purple fls. Eu. Var. variegatum, Hort., has lvs. widely margined with creamy white. F.S. 18:1901-1902. CH

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