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 also, like the plants in the blog of last week, in the Boraginaceae Family. This week therefore, my post will concern itself purely with comfrey.

The ‘Garden Organic’ movement, has had its 60 years anniversary and comfrey is very much part of their history. There was an 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 of our native genera of the Boraginaceae or Borage Family. This is family number 114 in Stace.

My customers sometimes complain about the Green Alkanet; scientifically known as Pentaglottis and to a less extend they complain about the abundance of seedlings of Forget-me-nots in their gardens, but I think that is just showing off! As 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 as well as in the next post, which is entirely about the Comfrey.

Pictures by Matt Summers, unless stated.

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