Russian Comfrey (Symphytum x uplandicum)

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Port Erin, Isle of Man

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Common throughout the British Isles, comfrey is nonetheless a rare sight on the Isle of Man. This is “Russian Comfrey”, which is a cross-breed of Common Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) and Rough Comfrey (Symphytum asperum).

Russian Comfrey is often used to make organic fertilizer, as it accumulates large amounts of nutrients from the soil. It may have been introduced to the island for this purpose.

Comfrey was used in herbalism, but recent studies have shown that it can cause damage to the liver, so it should be avoided.

The Manx name for this plant is “Cumfurt Rooshagh”.

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