shady places, open woodland.
80-150 cms high.
medieval times Comfrey was used in bone setting, leading
to the folk-names 'knitbone' and 'boneset'. A sludge,
made from the roots of the plant was packed around the
broken limb, and the bone "came together" or in Latin, conferre, hence its common name. Herbalists used
Comfrey to heal ruptures and draw splinters. More recently, Comfrey mixed with liquorice and sugar was
used to make cough linctus. Comfrey can be boiled and
eaten like spinach.