Looking for comfrey plants? We will have some of this hard-to-find, all-purpose herb at our plant sale on Friday and Saturday.
Garden accent, healer, compost activator, green mulch and liquid fertilizer, all in one plant.
Apart from its reputation as a healing herb (one of its common names is knitbone), comfrey – Symphytum officinale and cultivars – is also a good compost activator (add a layer of leaves to your dry, brown matter). Its leaves’ high nitrogen and potassium levels make it an excellent green mulch, too. Steeped for six weeks, a comfrey tea is a good liquid fertilizer (and about as smelly, in its own way, as seaweed).
Comfrey’s attractive, bold leaves make it a useful accent or contrast plant in the garden. The more common specimens have purple flowers, but some produce remarkable blue blooms.
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Photos: Marianne Alexander. Text: Marianne Alexander, Marie Viljoen.