COMFREY, 'Bocking 14' Symphytum 'Bocking 14'


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Symphytum 'Bocking 14'

supplied in a 11cm pot

A vigorous comfrey, easily reaching heights of 1m with huge mid green foliage and pinky-mauve flowers from the end of April. It will hold its own with other large herbs such as Angelica and Cardoons and also provides a great backdrop for shorter perennials.

Comfrey can be cut down and harvested 3 or 4 times a year, packed with minerals it's large leaves are ideal for composting and making liquid feed. This is the variety the Henry Doubleday Research Institute recommend for this purpose. (now garden organic)

Comfrey will grow well in any good cultivated soil and this variety does prefer a more open aspect (S. grandiflorum will cope well with shade) If you want to crop the leaves for fertilizer there's an old addage that says: "Put all your manure on the comfrey in the Spring and then liquid feed everything else with the comfrey"

What's in a name? The word comfrey is a corruption of the Roman word conferva - meaning 'join together' referring to it's use in healing fractures, you may also know it as 'knitbone' for the same reason.

Comfrey is still an important medicinal herb but due to the high levels of alkaloids it is no longer recommended for internal or culinary use.