Highly recommended as a companion plant for orchards. We scythe and gather up the leaves for mulch, or to add to compost piles or compost teas—it is rich in silica, nitrogen, magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron. Clusters of bell-like magenta-purple flowers dangle above the deep green bristled foliage. Russian comfrey is thought to have a higher pyrrolizidine alkaloid content than the species. S. officinale is preferred for making herbal medicines.
Easy-to-grow vigorous plant demands space and if the roots are disturbed can be very invasive; be careful where you plant it and control with regular harvest. Plant 24" apart in well-drained soil, sun or shade. Z3. Maine Grown.
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Herbaceous Perennial Plants
When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock immediately. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. Surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. Store plants in their packaging in a cool (35–40°) location until you are ready to plant. If it’s going to be awhile, you can pot up your perennials.
Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors before danger of frost has passed. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting.