Foraging Files: Shepherds Purse

Name: Shepherd’s Purse aka Capsella bursa-pastoris 

Appearance: Shepherd’s purse is a very distinctive annual growing weed. The stem grows up to 40 cm in height and has seed pods growing off of it. The pods look similar to tiny love hearts. The flower of the weed is white and has four petals. At the base there is a cluster of pointed leaves.

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Storage: Can be fed to your rabbits fresh or dried.

Best time to forage: Shepherd’s purse flowers all year round.

Additional information: Shepherd’s purse is very popular with rabbits. It is believed to contain healing properties that help with skin disorders, internal haemorrhaging and cardiovascular disorders.

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