Sheep rely on a variety of plants for their nutrition. Below is a list of poisonous plants,
and a few remedies for sheep that have eaten poisonous plants. Please also take a look
at the list of Helpful Herbs.
Plants toxic to sheep include:
Angel trumpet (all parts)
Azalea (all parts)
Bittersweet (leaves, fruit)
Buckthorn (all parts)
Caladium (all parts)
Castor Bean (all parts)
Chinese Lantern (all parts)
Chrysanthemum (all parts)
Creeping Charlie (all parts)
Delphinium (all parts)
English Ivy (all parts)
Foxglove (leaf, seeds)
Geranium (all parts)
Hemlock (water dropwort)
Holly (all parts)
Horse Chestnut (flower, sprout, seeds)
Iris (all parts)
Jerusalem Cherry (leaf, unripe fruit)
Lily of the Valley (all parts)
Mistletoe (all parts)
Mushrooms (all parts)
Narcissus (all parts)
Nightshade (all parts)
Oleander (all parts)
Potato (sprouts, vines, unripe tubers)
Rhubarb (leaf, roots)
Sugarbeet tops (FRESH)
Trumpet Lily (all parts)
Vinca Vine (all parts)
Wandering Jew (leaf)
Yew (IMMEDIATELY toxic)
What to do if your sheep ingest a poisonous plant: Consult your vet.
One veterinarian advised the following for sheep who had eaten rhododendrons - 4
tablespoons Milk of Magnesia (laxative plus antacid); 1 teaspoon baking powder; 1
teaspoon powdered ginger. Dosage was 2 ounces given twice, 12 hours apart. Also
advised was to give them aspiring (3 per adult sheep)
Helpful Herbs (from www.lavenderfleece.com/health)
Alfalfa - Alfalfa contains large amounts of protein, minerals and vitamins; it is nervine
and tonic and is an excellent kidney cleanser. Because alfalfa has roots that can go as
deep as 125 ft., it brings up vital minerals not attainable by other vegetation. It is a rich
source of vitamins A, C, E and K. It is a blood builder, good for teeth and bones, and
excellent for milk producing animals.
Birch - Birch is useful in treating digestive ailments. The leaves are cleansing and will
Carrots - Carrots are useful for eye disorders due to the carotin. They are good for all
animals, and help to expel worms.
Comfrey - Comfrey is a large plant and sheep particularly relish the young shoots. Its
healing substance is identified as allantoin.
Dandelion - Dandelion is blood-cleansing and tonic and helps cure jaundice. The
leaves strengthen tooth enamel and dandelion is an over-all good health conditioner.
Dill - Dill increases milk yield and is a good treatment for digestive ailments.
Fennel - Fennel increases milk yield and possesses antiseptic and tonic properties.
Garlic - Garlic is very well known for its medicinal purposes. Highly antiseptic, garlic is
rich in sulfur and volatile oils. Garlic is one of the best worm expellents. Garlic helps
immunize against infectious diseases and helps in treating fever, gastric disorders,
rheumatism and is affective against parasites such as ticks, lice and liver fluke. Garlic is
also thought to increase the fertility of animals.
Hops - Hop shoots are beloved of grazing animals and hops are a good conditioner,
being tonic and nervine. Also an antiseptic and vermifuge. Flowers are a milk stimulant.
Horehound - Horehound is best known as a cough remedy in the treatment of
pneumonia, colds, and lung disorders.
Lavender - Lavender is highly tonic, antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial and gives a
sweet flavor to milk and cheese. The whole plant is useful. Click here for more
information about lavender.
Lemon - Lemon is a good blood cleanser. Also good for fevers, diarrhea and worms and
may be used externally for skin ailments, ringworm and mange and to cleanse sores. Add
honey when using internally.
Lemon Balm - Lemon balm is a good pasture plant as it promotes the flow of milk. Its
good for retained afterbirth and uterine disorders.
Marigold - Marigold is eagerly eaten by sheep and goats. It is a good heart medicine.
Mint - Mint will decrease milk flow and would be good for ewes when weaning lambs.
Mulberry - Mulberry leaves and fruit are a good treatment for worms.
Mustard - Mustard is a good natural dewormer
Parsley - Parsley improves milk yield and sheep love it. Parsley is rich in iron and copper
and improves the blood. It contains vitamins A and B and is good in cases of rheumatism,
arthritis, emaciation, acidosis and for diseases of the urinary tract.
Pumpkins - excellent for deworming sheep and a good source of vitamins.
Raspberry - Raspberry is well liked by sheep. It is especially good for pregnancy and
birthing. Also good for digestive ailments.
Rosemary - Sheep love rosemary and it gives a fine flavor to the milk. It is both tonic
Sunflowers - Sunflowers are rich in Viamins B (1), A, D and E.
Thyme - Thyme is another milk tonic and the oil is a worm expellent.
Turnips - Turnips are another good food source that helps in deworming sheep.
Violet - Violet leaves are rich in Vitamin C and A.
Watercress - Watercress has large quantities of vitamins A, B, C and B (2), as well as
iron, copper, magnesium, and calcium. It promotes strong bones and teeth and is good
for anemia. It increases milk yield.
Yarrow - Sheep in particular will seek out the beneficial yarrow plant.
Wormwood - This very powerful herb is especially good as a dewormer, as is