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Is rhubarb poisonous to deer?
Last Updated: 1st May, 2020
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Accordingly, do deer and rabbits eat rhubarb?
Certain plants, such as rhubarb, are toxic to deer. Deer usually also avoid root vegetables (which require digging) and prickly vegetables such as cucumbers and squashes with hairy leaves.
Additionally, when can you not eat rhubarb? Rhubarb Stalks Become Toxic in Summer There are two good reasons not to eat them in summer. They tend to get woody in late summer and don't taste as good. If you harvest too many stalks in spring, the plant needs some leaves to grow food for next years crop.
In this way, do any animals eat rhubarb?
Deer are the most likely grazers and will eat rhubarb down to the ground. They generally only bother the rhubarb in the early spring, when other food sources are scarce. Raccoons may also occasionally eat rhubarb. Cows and sheep will graze on wild rhubarb in fields, but in a home landscape, this shouldn't be a problem.
Why is it safe to eat rhubarb stalks but not rhubarb leaves when they both contain a poisonous acid?
Rhubarb stems contain much less oxalic acid than the leaves, and little or no anthraquinone. So, they are safe to eat in reasonable quantities, and provide vitamins A and C. But eating too much rhubarb too often might not be a good idea because of possible stress to kidneys and inflammation of joints.