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10 remarkably useful plants you can find in the wild

July 6, 2011, 9:30 a.m.
wild comfrey

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Wild comfrey

Found in Northeast North America along streams, lakes and other bodies of water, wild comfrey is a coarse, hairy plant with pointed leaves and white or purple bell-shaped flowers. A tea made from the plant’s leaves can be applied to stings, insect bites, burns and wounds to relieve pain and fight inflammation — but do not drink the tea because it may be carcinogenic.