Comfrey - Bocking 14
Symphytum uplandicum - “Bocking 14”
Comfrey attracts beneficial insects, providing a food source to pollinators and bees. It can be used as a medicinal plant. The roots and leaves contain the valuable cell-proliferant allantoin. Salve speeds healing quite noticeably. Check out this video of a bee visiting one of comfrey mother plants.
Comfrey can be grown for making compost. Simply cut the plant down and place the leaves and stems where you like, as a 'chop and drop' technique. It can produce large amounts of biomass for permaculture gardens. As a companion plant, it can be grown along with fruit trees or shrubs to provide a living mulch and fertilizer, which can be cut down in place, as a pollinator attractant, and dynamic accumulator, drawing up nutrients from deeper layers of the soil.
The Bocking 14 cultivar of Russian Comfrey (Symphytum x uplandicum) is a sterile hybrid that will not self-seed or spread like other comfrey, and is extremely robust and vigorous.
Height at maturity: Trailing - 4-5'
Spread at maturity: 3-5'
Hardiness Zones: 5-9
Container Size: 4"
Height at time of sale: 3-4"