Comfrey seeds - Symphytum officinale - Native Wildflower

Type: Perennial
Approximate height: Up to 1.5 metres
Flowering Time: Late spring and summer
Site and soil type: Moist, fertile soil
When to sow: Late spring to early autumn
Where to sow: Outside, direct into soil or under cover, modules or pots.
Packet contents: Approximately 50 seeds / 0.52 g

Comfrey is a non-edible perennial herb with large leaves and nodding clusters of purple tubular flowers which are attractive to bees.

The leaves can be harvested several times a throughout the summer and used as a compost activator to help breakdown other compost materials. They can also be used as a mulch, or to make liquid manure.

WARNING: Comfrey is harmful if eaten and contact with the foliage may irritate the skin and eyes. Please use gloves when harvesting.

Comfrey attracts / provides food for the following creatures:

  • Bees, both short-tongued and long-tongued species 
  • Moths including Scarlet Tiger moth πŸ›
  • An "RHS Plants for Pollinators" plant **

All our seed packets include sowing instructions.

Jemima’s Garden seeds are plastic free and reyclable. They’re contained in an inner glassine envelope, (made from pine wood cellulose), and an outer Kraft paper seed packet. Any shipping packaging is also plastic free and recyclable.

Key to symbols:

πŸ› A food plant for the caterpillar

πŸ¦‹ Provides nectar for the adult moth or butterfly

πŸ¦‡ Listed in: Bat Conservation Trust Encouraging bats, A guide for bat-friendly gardening and living

πŸ¦‡ (RHS)  Listed in the RHS Plants for Bats list

** RHS Plants for Pollinators. The RHS Plants for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects. Find out more at

** The Royal Horticultural Society, and its logo, are trade marks of The Royal Horticultural Society (Registered Charity No 222879/SC038262) and used under licence.