This easy to grow, spreading perennial has local names like ‘knit bone’ because of its healing properties and ability to stimulate cell growth. The bell shaped purple flowers are a favourite with bees.
- A favourite for bees
- Useful healing herb
- Easy to grow and maintain
- Leaves used to make plant feed
With a documented use for many centuries, the name comfrey comes from the Latin confervo meaning to knit or heal together. It is one of the tallest plants of the borage family and is commonly found growing wild near waterways and damp ground.
- Height: 100-150cm
- Type: Hardy
- Aspect: Sun/shade
- Soil: Any/alkaline
- Flower colour: Purple
- Flowering period: June - August
The wonderfully useful comfrey can also become a bit of a thug in rich and heavy soils, spreading and invading its neighbours. If you haven’t got this type of space, it is easily grown in a big container; even a dustbin sized one, but needs to be kept well-watered during drier spells. Even with regular feeding it will need splitting every couple of years to keep it invigorated. Comfrey dies down completely over winter and emerges the following spring; it is particularly vulnerable to slugs and snails at this point, they seem to love it.
Comfrey leaves are a friend to both herbalist and gardener, falling out of favour as an internal remedy, it is a valuable plant for external use.
They are packed with vitamins and minerals that aid healing and are added to a variety of external first aid preparations. The leaves can be freshly harvested and applied to the body as a poultice or individually dried and made into infused oils and balms.
The herb acts on the bodies’ connective tissue speeding up healing of broken bones, sprains and strains and bruising.
In the garden the highly nutritious leaves can be used as mulch, added to a compost pile or made into a liquid fertiliser.
Herbs are usually dispatched between Mondays and Thursdays via a 24hr courier service, within 2-4 days of placing your order. Please note that at some points of the year during busy peaks it may take a little longer.
1 - 24 herbs - £5.60
25+ herbs - free delivery
Please note there are additional surcharges for delivery to some postcodes in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles - this will be calculated at the checkout based on the delivery address postcode. Unfortunately due to Brexit we are unable to ship to Northern Island currently.
Our herbs are packaged securely in recycled and recyclable blister packs and then into cardboard boxes, to ensure your plants to arrive in the best possible condition.
Further information about delivery can be found on our Ordering & delivery information page.
All our herbs are grown on the nursery and are dispatched labelled with their plant name and basic growing instructions
Our aim is to provide our customers with top quality herbs and service. We have worked hard to find a robust packing and delivery system that ensures your plants arrive at your door in the best condition.
We would ask that you check your herbs carefully when they arrive and report any problems to us either by phone or email within 48 hours so that we can rectify it. We may ask that you send us a photo.
We cannot accept responsibility for plants that have not been cared for or had unsuitable care.
Once an order has been placed you have the right to cancel your order up to the day of dispatch. As herbs are a perishable item we cannot accept returns in exchange for a refund.