Tortoise Edible Landscaping

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Edible Landscaping

Healthy fresh tortoise foods are in abundance everywhere – you just need to know what to look for. This list is intended to serve as a guide to identifying natural foods, as easy and painlessly as possible. Remember to use only plants and grasses from chemical free sources. The following plants have been cross-referenced with various sources including the links at the bottom of this page.

Native food source for African species

Native food source for Gopherus agassizi

Portulaca
Sedum Spp.
Spiderwort- Tradescantia pinetorum,occidentalis
Tradescantia crassula Link & Otto
Yucca (Yucca species)
Tradescantia (wandering jew)
Desert Rose (Adenium obesum)

* Banana leaves- Leaves; Fruit-
aurea (golden bamboo or fishpole bamboo).
Fig Tree leaves-Leaves; Fruit – Moraceae
Forsythia – Oleaceae
Guava Tree – Leaves – Psidium guajava
Heather – Ericaceae

* Mulberry Tree-(all) L/ FR

Muhly – Sporobolus asperifolius
Black variety ” Morus nigra
White variety ” Morus alba
Paper mulberry – Moraceae – L/F/FR
Sage-
Sea Grape-
Tea Tree- Lepta Spermum Scoperium L/F
Tumbleweed – Salsola kali aka Russian Thistle
Hibiscus syriacus or Shrub Althea (Rose of Sharon)
Loquat bush – Eriobotrya japonica
Willow – Salicaccae family – Ssp.

Arctotis (African daisy)
Alyssum Sweet- Lobularia maritima L/F
Aster- Aster sp.
Baby’s Tears – Soleirolia soleirolii – Helxine soleirolii
* Begonia – semperflorens – L/F
Birds Nests Fern – Asplenium nidus
Bottle Brush – Callistemom
Bridal Veil – Tripogandra multiflora
Bromeliads – Bromeliaceae spp
Carnation – Dianthus caryophyllus
German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) – flowers
Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) – flowers More information

Gazania-Leaves; Flowers- Spp

Geranium-(Pelargonium species) Leaves; Flowers –
(wild and domestic)
* Grape Vine- Leaves; Fruit – vitaceae & berberidaceae
Heather- (Ericaceae sp) L/F

Petunias
Phlox- Phlox paniculata)
Pineapple Guava (Feijoa sellowiana)
* * Portacula (moss rose)-Leaves; Flowers- Grandiflora
Portulacaria afra
* Pothos – Epipremnum Pothos aureus -Epipremnum aureum
Primrose – Primula vulgaris
* Californian Poppy – escholzia
Poppy Welsh- Meconopsis cambrica
Purslane- Portulaca oleracea
* Sedum –
Sempervivum – Leaves; Flowers-
Spider Plant – Chlorophytum comosum – L/ F
Strawberries (all) Wild and domestic
Sweedish Ivy – Plectranthus australis – L/F
Umbrella Plant – Darmera peltata / Petasites hyrbridus

Violets (not African – English)
Whispering Bells ( Emmenanthe penduliflora )
Wisteria spp. (wisteria) flowers
Yucca – Leaves; Flowers- ( all )
Zinnia- sp. Leaves; Flowers- –
Lavender-Leaves; Flowers- labiatae

* * Alfalfa (Medicago sativia)
BindweedConvolvulus & calystegia spp
* Birdsfoot Trefoil, Lotus corniculatus
Bittercress – Cardamine hirsuta & flexuosa
* Black mustard- entire plant- Brassica Nigra
* Buckwheat, Polygonaceae Eriogonum fasciculatum
Bugleweed-Leaves; Flowers- Ajuga reptans
Butterfly Bush – Buddleja ssp.
Cat’s-ears – Hypochoeris & hypochoeris spp

* * Chickweed – Cerastium vulgatum / Cerastium arvense /
Common greenbrier, Catbrier– Silax roundfolia and ssp

* Plantains – Plantago major, media & lanceotata
Purple deadnettle/ red deadnettle – Lamium purpurem
Poverty weed- Entire plant – Monolepis nuttallia / Iva axillaris
* Purslane
Raspberry / Blackberry– rubusideus
Red Maids – Calandrinia ciliata
Shepard’s purse – Capsella bursa-pastorsis Capsella bursa-pastoris
* Common Sorrel- Rumex & Oxalis ssp
Salad Burnet – Sanguisorba minor
Sainfoin – Onobrychis sativa
St. Johns Wort-Leaves; Flowers – Hypericum
* Stonecrops- Sedum album
* Sow Thistle – Sonchus oleraceus & arvensis

Blue grama – Bouteloua gracilis
Big Bluestem – andropogon gerardi

Buffalo grass (Stenotaphrum secondatum)

Weeping lovegrass, Eragrostis curvula

Asperagus Fern – Asperagus setaceus plumosis
Boston Fern – Nephrolepsis exalta
Ostrich Fern- Matteuccia struthiopteris L/F
(NOT bracken ferns, (Pteridium aquilinum)
Staghorn Fern – Platycerium bifurcatum – L/ F
Tree Fern – Dicksonia antartica
Cinnamon fern – Osumunda cinnamomea

* Tradescantia (wandering jew) – Tradescantia albiflora – L/F
Honeysuckle- L/F – Lonicera interrupta / Lonicera japonica/ Lonicera periclymenum & caprifolium
Creeping Charlie- Pilea nummulariifolia
Climbing Nasturtium
Creeping jenny – Lysimachia nummlaria
Ground ivy – Glechoma hederacea
Sweedish Ivy – Plectranthus australis – L/F
Wild muscadine – Vitis rotundifolia
Kudzu – Puerrrraria lobata

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