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Comfrey: The Bioaccumulator

Updated: Jun 30, 2023

Comfrey (Symphytum x uplandicum) is one of our most used perennials: chicken fodder, living mulch, garden borders, compost starter, medicine, bee forage and much more.

Comfrey growing along a wall.

We grow a variety called "Bocking 14", which is was originally bred in Bocking (Essex, England).

It contains 20-30% protein by dry weight. Grown near a chicken coop, it makes a great nutrient-rich supplement to chicken feed.

Chickens eating comfrey forage.

A poultice made from the leaves or roots and applied topically is said to promote healing of bruises, sprains, and broken bones.

Honeybees and bumblebees flock to the flowers.

A bee on a comfrey flower.

It grows so well that it outcompetes other weeds, making a great border plant for mulched beds. Just make sure you plant it where you want it--because comfrey is persistent once established.

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