Comfrey, Knitbone or Symphytum spp.

The more common Russian Comfrey thriving on the Bee Garden at Borneo Street allotment!

There is so much information concerning the comfrey which is like the plants in the blog of last week, also in the Boraginaceae Family. Therefore this week my blog will concern itself purely with comfrey.

This week’s blog coincides with the 60 years anniversary of the Garden Organic movement, see more about the society here.

There was a whole article on comfrey in the latest edition of their membership magazine and I would like to share some of it with you:

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The Boraginaceae: Green Alkanet, Forget-me-not, Houndstongue, Viper’s-bugloss, Oysterplant, the Gromwells and Lungworts!

The Pentaglottis sempervirens or Green Alkanet. (picture by Ericoides-Wikipedia)

This week I would like to talk about most ofour native genera of the Boraginaceae or Borage Family. This is family number 114 in Stace.

My customers sometimes complain about the Green Alkanet; better known as Pentaglottis and to a less extend they complain about the abundance of growth of Forget-me-nots in their gardens, but I think that is just showing off; but who can be upset when you see all that magnificent blue, they are all wonderful weeds really!

All there uses and benefits will be explained in this and the next post, which is entirely about the Comfrey.

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