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Posted: 22/01/2015 at 21:09
  • (California poppy)

  • (spurges) - Toxic to humans and irritant sap.

  • Fritillaria (fritillaries) - Toxic to humans

  • (snowdrop)

  • (willow gentian)

  • Helenium autumnale

  • (sunflowers)

  • (not H. niger ) (hellebore) - Toxic to humans and irritant sap

  • (day lily)

  • (coral flower)

  • (bluebell)

  • (busy Lizzie)

  • (irises) - Toxic to humans

  • Kniphofia (red hot poker)

  • (dead nettles)

  • (snowflakes)

  • Linum perenne (flax)

  • muscari

  • (lupins) - causes gastric problems.


Posted: 22/01/2015 at 20:31
  • Catharanthus (Periwinkle) - Toxic to humans

  • Chelidonium majus (Celandine) - Toxic to humans

  • (glory of the snow)

  • (autumn crocus)

  • (lily of the valley) - toxic to humans.

  • Cortaderia selloana (pampas grass)

  • (hardy cyclamen) - Toxic to humans

  • Datura (Thorn apple) –Very toxic to humans

  • Delphinium- Toxic to humans, though rabbits take nibbles in my experience.

  • Dahlia (dahlias)

  • (foxgloves) toxic to humans.

  • (leopard's bane) Very toxic to humans.

  • (globe thistle)

  • (winter aconite)

  • (foxtail lily)

  • (sea holly)

  • (dog's tooth violet)

  • Also to add to trees and shrubs list Wiegella and Yucca


Posted: 22/01/2015 at 20:20

Soft wooded

  • (bear's breeches)

  • (monkshood) –definitely very toxic to humans.

  • Adonis (Pheasants eye) - Toxic to humans

  • (African lily)

  • (bugle)

  • (lady's mantle)

  • (ornamental onions)

  • (Peruvian lily)

  • - Toxic to humans

  • & (Japanese anemones) Toxic to humans

  • Antirrhinum (snapdragon)

  • (columbine) - Toxic to humans

  • Artichoke, globe and Jerusalem

  • Asclepias (Swallow wort) - Toxic to humans

  • (Michaelmas daisy)

  • (Michaelmas daisy)

  • (elephant's ears)


Posted: 22/01/2015 at 20:15
  • Trees and shrubs

  • (alder)

  • (monkey puzzle tree)


  • (strawberry tree)

  • (bamboo)

  • (spotted laurel)

  • (barberry)

  • (birch)

  • (butterfly bush)

  • (box) -Some toxic alkaloids


  • (winter sweet)

  • (Mexican orange)


  • - Toxic to humans

  • (dogwood)


  • (Japanese cedar)

  • (broom)

  • (spurge laurel)

  • Daphne mezereum (mezereum)

  • Deutzia scabra

  • Elaeagnus pungens 'Maculata'


  • (gum tree)

  • (spindle tree)

  • Euonymus latifolius


  • - hardy types - but has irritant sap


  • Gaultheria shallon

  • (sea buckthorn)

  • - Toxic to humans

  • Hypericum calycinum (rose of Sharon) - Toxic to humans

  • (calico bush)

  • - Toxic to humans.

  • (bay tree)

  • cvs. (tree mallow)

  • (privet) –alkaloid toxins.

  • (honeysuckle)

  • Olearia × haastii

  • Paeonia (peonies - 'tree' types)

  • spp. (mock orange)

  • (Corsican pine)

  • Poncirus trifoliata (Japanese bitter orange)

  • (cherry laurel)

  • (cherries)

  • spp. including

  • (sumach)

  • (currant - fruiting and ornamental types)

  • (spiny species roses, not hybrid teas etc)

  • (rosemary)

  • (butcher's broom)

  • (rue)

  • (elder)

  • (winter box)


  • Symphoricarpos albus (snowberry) – berry is toxic to humans

  • (lilac) Can cause colic in quantity.

  • (snowball bush, guelder rose)

  • (laurus tinus)

  • (periwinkle) - Toxic to humans

  • hybrids



Hope this is helpful – Dinah.



Posted: 22/01/2015 at 19:50

I have a list typed out somewhere in my files, I'll look it out, it had some practical advise  for someone who kept horses too, she didn't want them poisoned, but the same advise would do if you have children, because plants that rabbits avoid are often poisonous to them and other creatures. I'll send it if I can find it.

How to make a free hedge - for real!

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 20:09

Excellent stuff Nutcutlet. Wildlife friendly as well!

How to make a free hedge - for real!

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 18:14

You can make a free hedge out of the hedge clippings of certain shrubs. Cornus Alba for instance.

At this time of year, some local councils have Grounds Maintenance departments organise the first hedge/shrub pruning of the season. Quite a few shrubs can be pruned at this time, and they like to get things tidy ready for the spring rush, while they can't cut the grass. Ask when they are cutting the hedges, or if you live near a park, hospital or traffic island, check regularly.

When they do the trim, go along and pick up the sticks. Try to get ones over a foot long, and choose ones that look undamaged. The ideal width at the base is about that of a pencil.Take them home, trim them to approximately the same length, and soak them for an hour or two in case they have been drying on the ground for a while.

While they are soaking, dig a trench somewhere were the soil is not waterlogged, add sand if drainage is poor, bury them from a third to a half of the length of the twig, and leave in the ground until next spring. If you don't have room for a trench, fill a bucket with lots of holes made in it, or an equivalent sized pot with very sandy soil, and put them around the edge of the pot about eight to a bucket. Make sure drainage is good as rot is your enemy. Those that don't sprout leaves, or start to go black at the base should be pulled up and discarded.

The ones I have had good success rates with so far are: Cornus of all kinds, Willows of all kinds, Philadelphus, Roses, Alder, Fuchsia Magellanica. There are many more but I am getting forgetful, perhaps others can suggest more that are available at this time of year?


Privacy Issue

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 00:07

Trade cards?? I see that merchants and traders are becoming more cunning these days! You will be telling me next that they have some sort of governmental registry!! I shall return to taking fortuitous cuttings and collecting seeds from public parks and verges.

Privacy Issue

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 20:41

Re not posting the web addresses Blairs, Mmm, I guess I don't like making moderators cross, and I don't like forums that purport to be advisory and unbiased, but are actually just interactive advertisements. Its not that I don't like exposing people who don't actually need a product to lovely glossy pictures of amazing bargains... that would be mean, and I would be delighted to forward the same bargains to you privately,   but you've probably seen them already, because they are from big selling companies, not wonderful little ones that give trade prices that only horticultural experts know about. If I did know any trade secrets like this, I'm afraid I would probably tell everyone about them, and then the whole capitalist system would crumble before our eyes...

Privacy Issue

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 17:06

I'm just finding out from the Moderator if it is OK for me to post some web addresses of companies currently having big sales on their shrubs. If it isn't I have asked him/her to tell me how to mail you privately. Hope to send you some useful stuff shortly. Dinah.

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