This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Prickley Comfrey may have a competitor. Says a correspondent of the Dublin Record: "Mr. Elles, of Longleat grew the Day Lily for cattle in 1826, and in the same year the rough comfrey (Symphytum asperrimum) was grown as a foreign plant by Mr. D. Grant, of Lewisham. In the fifth volume of Loudon's Gardener's Magazine, p. 442, will be found notices in proof. The Symphytum has been remembered; the Day Lily has been forgotten. It has been an amusement to me to practice experiments in the utilization of plants not generally known as useful, and two years ago, when an old garden was ravaged to make room for some building operations, I scraped up a lot of day lilies, tore them asunder and planted them out, and this Spring I have cut them for the first time, and find them excellent fodder for cows. There must be, in many parts of the country large quantities of this plant that could be turned to account for this purpose, and a note on the subject may prove extensively useful. From the end of March to the middle of May is the time to cut the day lily, after which it should not be cut any more the same season." The yellow day lily is getting naturalized in our country.
The writer of this recently saw it abundantly in many places in West Virginia.