Comfrey: A plant worthy of love that’s essential for every garden

  • The best way to get new comfrey plants is to divide mature ones into smaller “starter” plants. (regenfarms.com via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Comfrey roots often grow nearly 10 inches into the soil. (horizonherbs.com via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Comfrey is often used on hillsides for erosion control. (goodlifepermaculture.com.au via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The flowers of the true comfrey usually appear as small deep purple bells. (wikimedia.org via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The Russian Comfrey Block #4 is probably the most desirable variety with low alkaloids and high soil nutrient content. (garden.org via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The hairy stems of the comfrey plant often catch dew and glisten in the morning sunlight. (aphotoflora.com via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

My introduction to comfrey, more than 30 years ago, remains a wonderful memory.