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Sarnia, prov. of Ont

April 12, 2010
12:14 PM

Post #7700003

Hi there...
I grew comfrey for years. At first, because I thought it was really quite good looking. After that, I grew it because I couldn't kill it. If it isn't were you planted it - it is a weed. kill it, quick.


Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 13, 2010
6:16 AM

Post #7701942

Thanks for the report. You are not the only one to raise the red flag; comfrey can be hard or impossible to get rid of, because the deep roots make it very hardy.
(Zone 5b)

April 13, 2010
9:35 AM

Post #7702468

Comfrey is indeed invasive. It self-seeds too, so keep your patch away from the main garden.
On the other hand, it is a generous, wonderful plant that deserves respect. Chickens will eat it
IF it is vertical, either as a live plant, or hanging from the rafters.

A friend of mine makes an incredible liniment based on comfrey, poplar buds and other herbs.
I used it when I was recovering from a broken ankle and had to get back to work on my feet. I'd
limp into the shower, in pain, apply the salve, and be painfree for the day. I gave a jar to my
sister-in-law whose broken ankle was a long time healing. It did its magic there too.
I have NO financial interest in this one.

Portugal Cove-St. Ph, NL
(Zone 5a)

May 15, 2012
4:53 AM

Post #9124404

Borage Family - typically sows seeds wantonly... 'ergo' invasive. I have one plant on the edge of a weedy area on a slope. So far the competition keeps the Comfrey in check.

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