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Image JPEG image Alexanders
Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum) or Horse parsley can be found around the coast. It is not a widespread plant and should on be picked in moderation. It is non toxic and edible for humans and should be safe for rabbits although I have no experience of it.
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Image JPEG image Wild carrot
Wild carrot (Daucus carota) is a member of the umbelliferae. It is widespread perennial plant of grasslands, particularly those on chalk soils, and coastlines. It appears later in the year tham some other umbelliferae. The stem is furrowed and can be hairy. The plant is edible for both humans and rabbits.
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Image JPEG image Angelica
Angelica (Angelica sylvestris) is a short lived perennial that can be found growing in damp meadows, ditches and wet woodlands. It is a tall robust plant that can grow over one metre in height. The white flowers are tinged with red and the stems are purple. It is not toxic.
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Image JPEG image Angelica flowers
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Image JPEG image Angelica stems
The stems of Wild Angelica (Angelica sylvestris) are smooth, hairless and hollow but , unlike hemlock, they are a deep purple colour.
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Image JPEG image Wild carrot seeds
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Image JPEG image Wild carrot roots
The roots of Wild Carrot (Daucus carota) are edible for rabbits. However, the plant is a beneficial weed for insects and should not be uprooted from verges and other wild areas.
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Image JPEG image Cow parsley
Cow parsley (Anthricus sylvestris), is a common plant and is often found in verges. It starts to grow early in the spring and the new leaves are palatable for rabbits. There are concerns with confusing the plant with poison hemlock. It is always sensible to check the leaf stems for the groove that means it is safe to pick.
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Image JPEG image Cow parsley stems
The stems of cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) are different from poison hemlock (Conium maculatum). They are ridged and slightly hairy with no blotches. In cross section, the stems have a longitudinal ridge in them (like celery).
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Image JPEG image Cow parsley- new growth
Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) is a short-lived perennial. It grows in grassland, along hedges and woodland edges, road verges, railway banks and wasteland. The filage is one of the first plants to appear in the spring and is a firm favourite with my rabbits. It is always important to check the shape of the leaf stems before picking it. They have a groove in them and can vary in colour from pale green to purple.
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