Common Comfrey, Healing Herb, Boneset
Not Native to the Finger Lakes Region, Europe and Asia; Naturalized in N. America
External compresses of the macerated root are used in folk medicine to promote healing of wounds, dislocations and broken bones.
Source of plant
Perennial reaching 3' in height, with thick roots; leaves oblong-ovate to oblong-lanceolate, decurrent atbase, covered with stiff hairs; flowers white, yellowish, purple or rose, about 1/2" long, long-pedicelled, anthers longer than their filaments.
USDA Hardiness Zone
food, other ethnobotanical uses, medicinal/pharmaceutical