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Comfrey, wild (Andersonglossum virginianum)


calming, wound healing

Areas of application:

itchy skin, burns, bruises, bruises, wound treatment, flushing of internal indigestion, respiratory infections, sedatives

Plant parts used:

root, leaves

Collection time:


To find:

In open upland areas and in deciduous forests, in eastern North America and parts of Europe.


Pyrrolizidine alkaloids, hepatoxins


Attention: This is not the same plant as the common comfrey (Symphytum officinale), which can also be found here on the website.

Wild comfrey grows on an upright stem that is finely hairy on both the leaves and the stem. The alternate leaves are simple, 10 to 20 cm long and 2.5 to 7.5 cm wide with smooth edges. The leaves are larger and petiolate at the bottom of the stem and grow in a rosette. The taller the stem, the smaller the leaves that surround the stem and are not stalked. She is two years old. The blue-violet to white flowers appear in late spring or early summer. Each flower has five deep lobes connected to an ovary, which in turn is connected to the style. The flowers are approximately 0.8 cm large and have a jagged edge. The fruits form in late summer. There are one to four spiny nutlets per flower, each containing a seed covered in bristles that adhere to clothing. The plant grows from a taproot.

🛑 High doses and long-term use should be avoided as the plant can cause liver problems.

Previously classified in the genus Cynoglossum, it was transferred to the genus Andersonglossum in 2015.

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