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Image ECMAScript program Hawthorn (with Berries)
Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata) flowers in the spring with a strongly scented white or pale pink flower. The berries (haws) are bright red but rabbits do not eat them. Birds do, so the berries are better left on the bush for winter. No part of the plant is poisonous and can be picked at any time of the year althouth it is hampered by their thorny stems. New spring growth is not thorny and is among everyday plants to forage in the early spring when forage is scarce. Later in the year there are easier plants to pick.
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Image JPEG image Knapweed
Knapweed (Centaurea nigra) is a thistle-like plant (without thorns) that can be found on all kinds of grasslands from roadside verges to woodland rides, cliff tops to lawns. It is in bloom from June to September. It can be fed to 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 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 Meadowsweet
Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) is a common plant that grows in damp places and ditches. It has white highly scented flowers. The roots contain salicylic acid. It was used to make aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). It is suitable for feeding to rabbits.
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Image JPEG image Nipplewort
Nipplewort (Lapsana communis) is a common garden weed and grows on wasteland. It can be picked for rabbits.
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Image JPEG image Silverweed
Silverweed (Argentia anserina) is a low growing perennial plant that grows in places that are good for foraging like verges and waste ground. It likes sandy soil. Yellow flowers appear between June and August among the leaves which remain all year-round. It is not poisonous for rabbits but is not particularly palatable. It is a plant that might be picked with others but is not worth looking for.
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Image JPEG image Scented Mayweed
Scented Mayweed (Matricaria chamomilla) is also known as Chamomile. It is an annual or biennial scented plant with daisy like flowers that is locally found on sandy or loamy arable soils and on waste ground. It is not harmful but is not worth picking because it is a small plant and not particularly palatable.
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Image JPEG image Scented Mayweed leaves
This picture shows the leaves of Scented Mayweed (Matricaria chamomilla)/. They are small and feathery and do not provide much in the way of forage. It is better to leave the plant unpicked.
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Image JPEG image Selfheal
Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris) is a creeping perennial that may be found in short turf , woodland clearings or verges. It can grow in lawns that haven't been treated with chemicals. As its name suggests, the plant has many medicinal properties and it is non toxic. It is not palatable to rabbits and is better left alone for the insects to enjoy.
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