Sinonimi: healing herb | cumfrey
ETYM Prob. from French conferve, Latin conferva, from confervere to boil together, in medical language, to heal, grow together. So called on account of its healing power, for which reason it was also called consolida.
1. Leaves make a popular tisane; young leaves used in salads or cooked; SYN. healing herb.
2. Perennial herbs of Europe and Iran; make rapidly growing groundcover for shaded areas; SYN. cumfrey.
Any plant of the genus Symphytum, borage family Boraginaceae, with rough, hairy leaves and small bell-shaped flowers (blue, purple-pink, or white), found in Europe and W Asia.
The European species S. officinale was once used to make ointment for treating wounds and various ailments, and is still sometimes used as a poultice. Up to 1.2 m/4 ft tall, it has hairy, winged stems, lanceolate (tapering) leaves, and white, yellowish, purple, or pink flowers in drooping clusters.