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does comfrey have thorns?

 
john giroux
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I planted a few Comfrey seeds.  This is the plant that came up.  It has some nasty thorns on it. I don't.recall anyone talking about thorns on this plant. Here is a photo.  Is this comfrey?
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jacque greenleaf
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Doesn't look like comfrey to me. For one thing, comfrey has fuzzy leaves - not as fuzzy as mullein, but more than what your plant has. And comfrey definitely does not have thorns.

What's your location?
 
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Oooops, just noticed you are in Georgia. I'm not at all familiar with what might come up in Georgia.

Here's a couple pics of comfrey - http://www.comfrey-central.com/images/
 
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Jacque is right -- no thorns on comfrey, and it has large fuzzy leaves.  I don't know what that it, but it's not comfrey.

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Looks like horse nettle, Solanum carolinense. IME, comfrey is not easy to start from seeds--seems to prefer propagating vegetatively. That might be why you ended up with weeds growing where you planted them.
 
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Yeah, that looks like something from the nightshade family - a Solanum would make sense, although I don't know myself.
 
john giroux
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Thanks for the info.  I figured the miracle plant wouldn't have thorns.  Guess I got the wrong seeds. 
 
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Over here, all the comfrey I've come across is a sterile cultivar, 'Bocking 14'.
Apparently fertile comfrey can easily seed its way out of control.
Maybe someone in your area could send you some Bocking 14 roots?
BTW, very small root pieces will grow, so I avoid planting it where I'm ever likely to dig. If it's not disturbed, the only spreading it does is a gradual increase in the clump's girth.
 
john giroux
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Anyone have a good source for seeds or roots to start with?  I will do some more googling....but would rather get recomendation from the folks here.
 
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I got mine from Horizon Herbs.
 
                    
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The Russian Comfrey(bocking 14) I'm growing does have the tiniest spines that will stick in your fingers if you're not careful.  They are so small I often times don't even realize I've been 'stuck' until later in the day when something rubs across where the spine is stuck in my skin.
 
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http://commodities.caes.uga.edu/turfgrass/georgiaturf/WeedMngt/grsweedpages/Solca.html

Found the stuff. It's called horsenettle. 
 
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