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Image JPEG image Chickweed
Chickweed (Stellaria media) is a hardy, low growing plant that grows in cool damp places. It is one of the earliest plants to appear in the spring and is a good plant to pick for rabbits in moderation. is a favourite plant with herbalists. It is a favourite plant with herbalists. The plant is a favourite with herbalists although it contains saponins that, theoretically could cause problems if a rabbit ate a very large amount.
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Image JPEG image Chickweed
Chickweed (Stellaria media) grows in clumps in cool damp soil. It has tiny white flowers. It is a plant that can be picked for rabbits.
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Image JPEG image Coltsfoot
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) is a plant that may be seen on verges or hard bare ground. The yellow flowers appear before the leaves and resemble dandelions although the seedhead is smaller. The leaves are large and angular and have the shape of a colt's (or foal's) footprint. The plant is used by herbalists. Can be picked for rabbits.
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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 Deadnettle and stinging nettle leaves
Deadnettle (Lamium spp) is similar in height and appearance to stinging nettles. It is advantagous to recognise the difference in the leaves, especially if you are not wearing gloves and you are foraging before the flowers appear. Deadnettles have smoother leaves and a green stem (white arrow). Stinging nettles leaves (red arrow) have a slightly furry appearance due to the stings. Deadnettles can be picked for rabbits.
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Image JPEG image Deadnettle flowers
The flowers of deadnettle may be white (Lamium album) as in this picture or red (Lamium purpureum). It is not poisonous for rabbits.
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Image JPEG image Field Maple
Field Maple (Acer campestre) is a common hedgerow tree that grows and provides palatable leaves that rabbits may like to eat.
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Image JPEG image Germander speedwell
Germander speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys) is a low growing plant that is commonly found in gardens and grassland. It is not harmful for rabbits although it is not particularly palatable either. It is not worth searching for.
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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.
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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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