comfrey

[kuhm-free]
noun, plural comfreys.
any coarse Eurasian plant belonging to the genus Symphytum, of the borage family, as the widely cultivated S. officinale, having hairy, lance-shaped leaves and drooping clusters of small, white, rose-colored, or purplish flowers.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English cumfirie, conferye < Anglo-French cumfirie, Old French confire < Medieval Latin *confervia for Latin conferva conferva

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comfrey (ˈkʌmfrɪ)
 
n
any hairy Eurasian boraginaceous plant of the genus Symphytum, having blue, purplish-pink, or white flowers
 
[C15: from Old French cunfirie, from Latin conferva water plant; see conferva]

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For example, the herbs comfrey and kava can cause serious harm to the liver.
Comfrey should not be harvested in its first season as it needs to become established.
Comfrey should also be regularly watered until well established.
Comfrey is a particularly valuable source of fertility to the organic gardener.
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