Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is an herb with traditional uses for treating bruises, sprains and associated swelling, as a poultice for broken bones and as a mouthwash and gargle for gum disease and sore throat. Comfrey was taken internally as a folk remedy for upset stomach, ulcers, hemorrhoids and diarrhea. Comfrey is known by many names throughout the world. Shop for seeds and plants with the Latin name to be sure you are buying true comfrey.
Note: The FDA has issued warnings against taking comfrey internally and using it on broken skin. Ingesting comfrey has been linked to serious liver damage.
Horizon Herbs, LLC
Horizon Herbs offers certified organic comfrey seeds. Planting and growing information is supplied on the website, as well as a downloadable Seed Germination and Growing Guide. According to Horizon Herbs, there was confusion over comfrey species at one time when a Russian comfrey cross (Symphytum x uplandicum) was marketed as Symphytum officinale. A packet of 10 organic true comfrey seeds, Symphytum officinale, retails for $3.95 in June 2010.
Comfrey plants are also available at Horizon Herbs. As of June 2010, Symphytum officinale costs $7.55 for one plant, or $19.50 for three plants. The comfrey plants are certified organic.
Horizon Herbs, LLC PO Box 69
Williams, OR 97544 541-846-6704 horizonherbs.com
Thompson & Morgan Seeds
Thompson & Morgan Seeds carries comfrey seeds, and they provide complete growing information. In June 2010, a packet of 30 seeds costs $2.95.
Thompson & Morgan Seedsmen, Inc. P.O. Box 4086 Lawrenceburg, IN 47025 800-274-7333 tmseeds.com
Sand Mountain Herbs
Sand Mountain Herbs has true comfrey seeds available. A packet of 10 seeds of Symphytum officinale is priced at $3.95 as of June 2010. Growing instructions are included.
Sand Mountain Herbs 321 County Road 18 Fyffe, AL 35971 sandmountainherbs.com
Magic Garden Seeds
Magic Garden Seeds is a German company that specializes in rare and unusual plants and seeds. They carry true comfrey seeds and will ship worldwide. In June 2010, a packet of 50 seeds is priced at 2.15€, or about $2.64.
Andreas Fái-Pozsár Regerstr. 3 93053 Regensburg Germany 0941-56955438 (phone) magicgardenseeds.com