List of Herbs

The herbs, flowers, houseplants and flowers listed below may all freshly and dried be fed to chinchillas. Spices or culinary herbs are often less popular than meadow herbs.

 

Feeding instructions:

  • unproblematic: may be fed in larger quantities for each type of feeding
  • selective: may be fed in a mixture, that means together or at the same time with several other, unproblematic plants (reason: is in masses unmanageable / slightly toxic or unpopular / not suitable as a predominant complete feed)
  • Special features: only before flowering, only dried, not together with pellets, good beginner plant and other interesting notes
A
Alchemilla: unproblematic, regulate hormone balance
Alfalfa/ Lucerne: selective, may bloat, therefore only if you don't feed pellets
Alfalfa, sickle (also called Medicago falcata, yellow lucerne, yellow-flowered alfalfa, yellow alfalfa, sickle medick and yellow medick): selective, may bloat, therefore only if you don't feed pellets
Amaranth: unproblematic
Angelica archangelica (also called garden angelica, wild celery, and Norwegian angelica): selective, danger of confusion with other poisonous Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
Angelica sylvestris/ wild angelica: selective, danger of confusion with other poisonous Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
Artichoke herb: unproblematic
Asters: unproblematic, beware of Callistephus because of insecticides
B
Bamboo (baby bamboo, bamboo grass, garden bamboo - all kinds): unproblematic
Banana plant: unproblematic
Basil: selective
Bedstraw/ Galium: unproblematic
Bellflower/ Campanula: unproblematic
Bistort/ Bistorta officinalis: unproblematic
Bittercress (also called herb barbara, rocketcress, yellow rocketcress, winter rocket, and wound rocket): unproblematic
Borage/ starflower: selective
Buttercup (also called Ranunculus, spearworts, and water crowfoots): selective
C
Cabbage / wild cabbage: selective, may bloat, therefore only if you don't feed pellets
Cactus grandiflorus: unproblematic
Callisia repens/ Creeping inchplant and other Callisia/ roselings: unproblematic, good beginner plant
Caraway: selective
Centaurea (also called centaury, centory, starthistles, knapweeds, bluets, loggerheads, basketflowers or cornflowers), (all): unproblematic
Chamomile/ Anthemis: unproblematic
Chamomile/ Chamaemelum nobile: unproblematic
Chamomile/ Matricaria chamomilla: unproblematic
Chervil: unproblematic, danger of confusion with other poisonous Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
Chicory (common): unproblematic, good beginner plant
Chrysanthemums (also called mums or chrysanths): selective, especially the flowers are delicious
Clover, bur-/ medick: selective, may bloat, therefore only if you don't feed pellets
Clover, red: selective, may bloat, therefore only if you don't feed pellets
Clover, white: selective, may bloat, therefore only if you don't feed pellets
Coltsfoot/ Tussilago farfara: selective
Comfrey: selective
Coontails/ hornworts: unproblematic
Coriander: selective
Cornflower: unproblematic
Cress (all): selective
D
Dahlia: unproblematic, especially the flowers are delicious
Daisy (common), (also called Bellis perennis, lawn daisy or English daisy): unproblematic, good beginner plant
Dandelion: unproblematic, good beginner plant
Dandelion salad / Catalogna: unproblematic, good beginner plant
Dandelion, fall/ autumn hawkbit: unproblematic
Dinkel herb, green: selective with ears, otherwise unproblematic
Dill: selective
Dracaena: unproblematic
E
Echinacea/ coneflowers: unproblematic
Elecampane: selective
Endive/ escarole: unproblematic
Eupatorium cannabinum (also called hemp-agrimony or holy rope): selective
Evening primrose (also called Oenothera, suncups or sundrops): selective
F
Fennel herb: unproblematic
Field pennycress/ Thlaspi arvense: unproblematic
Flax/ Linum: unproblematic
Flores graminis: unproblematic
Forked catchfly: selective
G
Galinsoga: unproblematic
Glechoma hederacea (also called ground-ivy, gill-over-the-ground, creeping charlie, alehoof, tunhoof, catsfoot, field balm, run-away-robin or creeping jenny): selective
Goatsbeard/ salsify: unproblematic
Goosefoot, white (also called Chenopodium album, lamb's quarters, melde, fat-hen or pigweed): unproblematic
Grass/ Poaceae (all): unproblematic
Ground elder (also called herb gerard, bishop's weed, goutweed, gout wort, snow-in-the-mountain, English masterwort or wild masterwort): unproblematic
H
Heather, common (also called Calluna vulgaris or ling): selective
Hibiscus/ rose mallow: unproblematic
Hogweed (also called common hogweed, cow parsnip or eltrot): unproblematic, good beginner plant
Hop (common)/ Humulus lupulus: selective
Horseweed (also called Canadian fleabane, coltstail, marestail, and butterweed): unproblematic, good beginner plant
Hypochaeris radicata (also called catsear, flatweed, cat's-ear, hairy cat's ear or false dandelion): unproblematic
I
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K
Knotgrass (common): unproblematic
L
Lavender: selective
Lovage: unproblematic
Lupine: selective, may bloat, therefore only if you don't feed pellets
Lucerne/Alfalfa: selective, may bloat, therefore only if you don't feed pellets
M
Mayweed/ Tripleurospermum: unproblematic
Meum athamanticum (also named Baldmoney, Spignel and Meu): selective
Millet (the herb, not the seeds): unproblematic
Mouse-ear hawkweed/ Hieracium pilosella: unproblematic
Mugwort (also called riverside wormwood, felon herb, chrysanthemum weed, wild wormwood, old Uncle Henry, sailor's tobacco, naughty man, old man or St. John's plant): selective
Mullein/ Verbascum: selective
N
O
Oats/ Avena: with ears selective, without ears unproblematic
Onobrychis/ sainfoins: selective, only without pellet feeding
Opuntia/ Prickly pear: unproblematic
P
Perforate St John's-wort/ Hypericum perforatum: selective
Pimpinella: unproblematic
Pineappleweed/ Matricaria discoidea: unproblematic
Potentilla (also called cinquefoils, tormentils or barren strawberries), (all): unproblematic
Prickly lettuce/ Lactuca serriola: unproblematic
Q
Queen of the night/ Selenicereus grandiflorus: unproblematic
R
Rumex (all): selective
S
Salad burnet/ Sanguisorba minor: unproblematic
Savory: selective
Shepherd's purse/ Capsella: unproblematic
Spider plant/ Chlorophytum comosum: unproblematic
Strawberry herb: unproblematic
T
Tarragon/ estragon: selective
Thistle (all): unproblematic, should be dried and only fed without spines because of the risk of injury
Tormentil (common) (also called septfoil or erect cinquefoil): selective
U
V
Valeriana/ valerians: selective
Veronica (also called speedwell, bird's eye, and gypsyweed): unproblematic, good beginner plant
W
Wild buckwheat/ Fallopia convolvulus: unproblematic
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