More Weeds for Rabbits
I have discovered a couple more weeds in the garden that are good for Rabbit snacks since my original post Weeds: Food For Rabbits and I have also discovered that several of these that Rabbits can eat are also edible for humans. One plant from the original post Weeds: Food For Rabbits, Greenbrier is absolutely delicious. The tender new growth, and the twirly tendrils it uses to hold itself up are very good tasting, even refreshing. It has also been used medicinally.
The weed Bidens Alba, or Shepherd’s Needles is a Rabbit plant. It is a pesky annual in the Aster family with needle shaped seeds that stick to you as you walk by it. It has a white daisy like flowers with a yellow center and it attracts lots of butterflies mostly in the summer months. It is very common here. Tea from it’s leaves may have medicinal properties. I read one reference for the plant that suggests that it may contain chemicals that suppress some types of tumor growth.
The weed Lactuca Floridana, or Woodland Lettuce grows all over my yard, and the rabbits will always pick it out of a variety of weed treats first. I just learned that it is a wild lettuce and we bipeds can eat it too. I had a taste and really liked it. It is pretty much like lettuce in flavor.
Bon appetit bunnnies and bipeds.