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Image JPEG image Blackthorn
Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) is a commin hedgerow plant. It produces purple berries (sloes). The stems have vicious spines. The leaves are suitable for feeding rabbits although it varies in palatibility. Suitable for drying for winter.
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Image Goose grass
Goose grass (Gallium aparine) is also know as 'cleavers' or 'stickyweed' is common in hedgerows. It's long stems often grows over nettles. Although rabbits may enjoy eating the plant, it is not easy to handle. There is a risk of being stung by nettles and covering your clothes in sticky seeds. There are easier plants to pick. The easiest time to pick it is in early spring as it starts to grow.
Located in Media / Plants / Wild plants and trees
Image JPEG image Hazel
Hazel (Corylus avellana) is common shrub or tree that grows in hedgerows and woods. It prefers moist lowland soils. Although, it is not a favourite, rabbits will eat the leaves, young shoots and in the autumn, the bark of more mature branches.
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Image Ruby script Willowherb
Great willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum- pictured) and Rosebay willowherb (Epilobium angustifolium) are common on wasteland and in verges. Some rabbits will eat it but it is pretty and important to wildlife so I am reluctant to pick it.
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Image Woodruff
Woodruff (Galium odoratum) is a wild plant that can be grown in herb garden wher it flourishes. Some rabbits like it
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Image JPEG image Crab apple
There are wild and garden varieties of Crab apple (Malus sylvestris). The wild varieties host a variety of wildlife and should not be damaged. All parts of the tree will be enjoyed by rabbits but it is the fruit and the leaves that are most useful. The leaves can be harvested in the autumn when they are about to fall and fed fresh or dried for later in the winter.
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Image JPEG image Mallow leaves.
Mallow is a common plant, especially in southern England in verges, allotments and waste ground. There are several species. The leaves that are illustrated are Common Mallow (Malva sylvestris). It is a palatable, safe plant for rabbits.
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Image JPEG image Mallow
Mallow (Malva sylvestris) is a popular foraging plant. It has pretty pink flowers. It likes a sheltered position so it is not common everywhere. It is important to be careful how much is picked so enough is left behind to be sustainable. The leaves can be dried for winter.
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Image D source code Bindweed (Hedge)
Hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium) is a safe plant for rabbits. They love it. It's sister plant - Field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)- has a question mark over it because it contains toxins. The plants can be differentiated by their flowers, leaves and the way they grow. Hedge bindweed has large pure white flowers and grows vertically, twining around plants as it goes. It is commonly found in hedges. Plants should be collected for drying before they go to seed
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Image JPEG image Fruit tree leaves in autumn
The leaves and branches of any fruit trees (apple, pear, plum) are enjoyed by rabbits. They especially enjoy the dry leaves that fall from the trees in the autumn. Rabbits also enjoy stripping the bark and chewing any branches or twigs they are offered.
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