Plant spring, summer
or fall. Comfrey can be planted any time the soil is not frozen.|
BOCKING #4 Prices
& How to Order
Symphytum x uplandicum
Symphytum asperum x officinale
Buy Organic Bocking
#4 Comfrey (Comphrey, Comfry)|
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.
It 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).
Russian Bocking #4 is more
drought resistant than Russian Bocking #14 because #4 has deeper roots. Bocking
#4 roots go down 8-10 feet. Bocking #14 roots go down 6-8 feet.
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|
No. 4 cultivar is very popular as feed for animals such as goats, sheep, cattle,
pigs, ducks, chickens, donkeys and horses. Harvest leaves many times throughout
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. The
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 Bocking variations #1 through #21.
Roots for Sale|
sell hardy stock that is ready to grow. These are live plants. Alive and ready
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...hardy to minus 15 degrees!
Good in USDA Zones 3-9. It starts growing early spring and continues growing into
late fall. We sell organic Bocking root cuttings.
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|
2 photos are from Misti. They are Russian Comfrey #4 coming up in the spring.
"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.
Russian Comfrey Bocking #4
$5 each for a large root cutting. Shipping is $7 no matter how many you
order. You can order other types of comfrey too with no extra shipping.
Organic Russian Comfrey
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No. 4 Comfrey is not invasive.|
It has purple flowers and grows to
4 feet tall (including flowers).
When grown to use as feed, you harvest
leaves before flowers grow.