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Plants that are Safe for Your Gliders

by Linda Altman & Cinnamon Muhlbauer

There has been lots of discussions about what plants are safe to put in your gliders cage. Before you make this decision, please be sure that you only use unsprayed naturally fertilized plants. Also if in doubt as to what type of plant you have please refrain from feeding these to your gliders. Many species of plants look very similar but mistaking one for another could be fatal to your precious little one. Not all gliders will eat these plants but this is a good list to try from. There are many other edible plants as well as those listed here but to list them all would fill a large book. The list below includes both the botanical names in parenthesis and the common names for the plants. I would like to thank Cinnamon Muhlbauer for her help with identifing plants that are native to where the gliders roam.

 

GLIDER SAFE FLOWERS and PLANTS:

Angelica (Angelica archangelica) a.k.a. Archangel

European Angelica

Garden Angelica-ROOTS ARE POISONOUS

American Angelica (Angelica atropurpurea)-ROOTS ARE POISONOUS Anise (Pimpinella anisum)

Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) a.k.a Giant Blue Hyssop

Fragrant Giant Hyssop

Balm (Melissa officinalis) a.k.a. Common Balm

Lemon Balm

Melissa

Sweet Balm Banskia repens a native plant to glider country

Banksia cunninghamii

a native plant to glider country

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) or any basil variety including opal basil

lemon basil

anise basil

cinnamon basil etc.

Blueberry (Vaccinium)

Buddleia (B. davidii var or B. alternifolia)

aka butterfly bush Burdock (Arctium lappa)

Burnet (Sanguisorba minor and Sangvisorba officinalis)

a.k.a. Garden Burnet and Greater burnet or salad burnet Bush Lily (tripladenia cunninghamii)

also native to where gliders live Calendula (calendula officinalis) a.k.a. pot marigolds Callistemons (viminalis)

Capers (Capparis spinosa)

Carraway (Carium carvi)

Cardamon (Elettaria cardamomum)

Chamomille (Anthemis nobilis

Mattricaria chamomilla) a.k.a. Camomille

German Chamomille

manzanilla (Matricaria)

Roman chamomille (Athemis) - ONLY the FLOWERS ARE EDIBLE

Chrysanthemums (C. x superbum) only

a.k.a Shasta Daisy

please be sure not to confuse with C. coccineum a.k.a. Painted Daisy or Pyrethrum Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium)

a.k.a. French Parsley Chickory (Cichorium intybus and Cichorium endiva )

a.k.a. Coffee Weed

escarole

Belgian endive - flowers & leaves are ok Clover (Trifolium)

Red Clover (T. pratense)

Alsike Clover(T. hybridium)

Landino Clover (T. repens)

Alyce Clover (Alysicarpus) & Crimson Clover (T. incarnatum) Correas

Daisy (Compositae ) - all members

flowers are the only edible part Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) a.k.a. LionsTooth, leaves are ok too before the blossoms appear

Daylilies (Hermerocallis)

Dill (Anethum graveolens)

Honeysuckle (make sure that you are postitive that it is honeysuckle and not Carolina Jasmine)

Hymenosporum flavum (frangipani), another native to glider country Eucalyptus

all species a.k.a. blue gum

gum tree

money plant

silver dollar

honey eucalyptus

etc..

The following eucalyptus species are native to the areas where gliders live in the wild:

e. caesia

e. curtisii

e.torrestiana

e. macrandra

e. perriniana

e. spathulata

e. viridis.

Fuki

a member of the Petasite Family (P. japonicus) Horehound (Marrubium vulgare)

a.k.a. Common Horehound

White Horehound Hibiscus -over 200 species of trees herbs & shrubs of th eMallow family includes the following Abelmosk (Abelmoshus moshatus)

China Rose (H.Rosa-sinensis)

Cotton Rose (H. mutabilis)

Flower-of-an-Hour (H. Trionum) also H. tiliaceus and H. Sabdariffa

Great Rose Mallow (H. Grandiflorus)

Okra - improperly called Hibiscus

(Abelmoshus sculentus)

Roselle (H. Sabdariffa)

Rose Mallo ( H. Moscheutos)

Rose of Sharon (H. syriacus) flowers and leaves are ok Hyssop (Hyssop officinalis)

a.k.a. Garden Hyssop Lavender (Lavandula officinalis)

a.k.a. Garden Lavender

True Lavender - Leaves & Flowers are OK Mallow (Malva sylvestris Malva rotundifolia) a.k.a. Cheese Plant

Common Mallow

Dwarf Mallow - Leaves & pink flowers are OK Marigold - (calendula species)

not the french kind (use only the large ones) Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris) Marjoram (Marjorana horensis) a.k.a. Sweet Marjoram Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus) a.k.a Indian Cress - Leaves stems and flowers are ok Pansy (Viola Tricolor) Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) a.k.a Common Parsley - Flowers & leaves only. DO NOT USE THE SEEDS Potentilla (P argyrophylla

P. fragiformis

P. fructicosa

P. fulensw

P. nepalensis

P. nitida

P.recta cv. "Warrenii") aka cinquefoil or Five finger. Roses (Rosa species) Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) - a.k.a. garden Rosemary - leaves & Flowers are OK Saffron (Crocus sativus) BE SURE not to confuse with Colchium autumnale a poisonous plant as both flower in the fall and look similar. Sage - (Salvia Officinale) purple or white variety of flowers not the red ones - FLOWERS ONLY!!!! Scented Geraniums (Pelargonium graveolens) a.k.a. Rose Geranium Leaves & Flowers are OK

Squash

cucumber

melon flowers Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis odorata)

a.k.a. British Myrrh

Sweet Chervil - Leaves

Flowers & seeds are OK Violets (Viola odorata)

a.k.a. Garden violet

Sweet Violet - FLOWERS ONLY - DO NOT USE ROOTS OR SEEDS Wild Celery (Apium graveolens)

a.k.a smallage Zigzag Clover (trifolium medium).
 

�1997

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