Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)
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Family: Boraginaceae (Forget-Me-Not)
Height: 2 to 3 ft.
Blooms: June to September
Leaf Type: smooth
Bloom Size: 1 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Individual flowers, Fused petals, 5 parts
Location: Butler-Freeport Trail
Notes: Hairy stems and leaves, and winged attachment of leaves to stem are distincitive.
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Folklore, History, and Other Facts
The following information is taken from my great-grandmother's copy of The Herbalist (1918). This information is presented for historic purposes only, as many remedies recommended by this book are toxic!
We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!
Meyer, Joseph E. (1918). The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, Ind.: Indiana Herb Gardens. 400 pp.