Buy Organic Bocking
#4 Comfrey (Comphrey, Comfry)|
I sell Bocking
#4 strain of Russian comfrey, Symphytum Peregrinum. It is high in protein
(22%) and has a high yield, up to 100-120 tons an acre. It is a very good
perennial fodder herb for animals.
It is also known as Quaker comfrey, Russian Comfrey, American Comfrey, Healing
Herb, Blackwort, Bruisewort, Wallwort, and Gum Plant. It is scientifically
known as Symphytum asperum x officinale which is the same as Symphytum peregrinum
which is the same as Symphytum x uplandicum.
Comfrey Developed by Lawrence Hills|
No. 4 has purple flowers. It is a natural hybrid (cross-breed) developed
in the 1950s by Lawrence D. Hills, the founder of the Henry Doubleday Research
Association. It is not GMO (Genetically Modified Organism).
This photo is Russian comfrey growing on a hillside with other plants such
as Asters and Pokeweed. Mixed with other plants it is good for erosion control.
Comfrey and Drought Reistance|
#4 is more drought resistant than Russian Bocking #14 because #4 has deeper
Bocking #4 roots go down 8-10 feet. Bocking #14 roots go down 6-8
feet. However, both are very drought resistant.
This photo is from Tony in Fairfax, Virginia. He grows his Russian Comfrey
mixed in with his other garden crops.
Bocking #4 Comfrey
is Not Invasive|
is not invasive at all. The seeds are sterile (will not grow).
years a plant will slowly widen with new plants growing right next to the mother
plant. But it will not send out invasive runners that take over a garden.
you want more plants, you can divide plants and replant them elsewhere.
photo to the left is the flowers buds before they open.
#4 is Good for Fodder|
4 cultivar is popular as feed for animals such as goats, sheep, cattle,
pigs, ducks, chickens, donkeys and horses. Harvest leaves many times throughout
Animals love comfrey. My goats eat all varieties with great enthusiasm.
This is a photo of a Toggenburg doeling in my pasture with comfrey and other plants. I use rotational grazing so they do not eat down the comfrey too much and weaken it.
For a comparison of Russian Comfrey Bocking #4 and #14 see the
the book "Comfrey Report: The Story of the World's Fastest Protein Builder and
Herbal Healer" by Lawrence D. Hills written in 1975:
"There are two commercial strains-- the Webster and the Stephenson.
The Webster Strain: This is the most popular commercial strain, started
by the late R. O. Webster to have been imported by his father from St. Petersburg,
Russia, in 1900. Bocking No. 4- This is the dominant in the strain,
about 50% to 60%. The flower color is Bishops Violet 34/3 when fully open.
It has strong stems and small wings."
Report" Book (continued)|
leaves are broad and round tipped; their proportion is 5 to 10, but they
have no incurling: therefore they appear far wider than a No. 1, for example.
The edges are unserrated, and the veins are prominent, with bristles thickest
on the underside so that the upper leaf surface appears smooth. At leafy
stage these leaves are very large, recovering rapidly from cutting. The
stems, as in all variations under trial, are solid."
The photo to the left is of Lawrence Hills who created all of the Russian
Comfrey Bocking variations #1 through #21.
Roots for Sale|
I sell hardy
stock that is ready to grow. These are live plants. Ready for planting.
Comfrey can be planted any time the ground is not frozen.
They do well planted spring, summer or fall. It can be planted in the winter in
It is very cold tolerant...the perennial roots are hardy to minus 40 degrees
(-40)! The leaves can withstand temperatures as low as 15 degrees and still
The plant can survive in temperatures as hot as 120 degrees. Good in USDA
Zones 2-9. It starts growing early spring and continues growing into late
The photo with the cat
shows the size of one plant. The leaves are large. It gets taller than that (about
3 feet without the flowerstalk).
Photos from Customers
and the next one are from Misti. They are Russian Comfrey #4 coming up in
"I wanted to let you know the new crowns are doing well and are starting
to grow from when I planted them this winter!" - Misti, Fort Mills, South
Send me your comfrey photos. I can add them to my farm site.
Comfrey Bocking #4
$12 each for a root cutting. Shipping is $7 no matter how many you order.
You can order other types of comfrey too with no extra shipping.
Sold out of Comfrey #4 until early April 2015.
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