We sell the Bocking #4 variety of comfrey as it has been found to be more palatable for livestock. It is slightly thicker stemmed than the Bocking #14 variety and so takes a little longer to break down. It also has deeper roots that the Bocking #14, which makes it slightly more drought resistant.
The Bocking #4 that we sell is an infertile hybrid, meaning it does not produce viable seeds and cannot spread through seed. The plants grow larger over time and is normally propagated through root cuttings but can also be propagated by stem cuttings.
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