• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Anne Miller
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Pearl Sutton
  • Mike Haasl
  • paul wheaton
stewards:
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Dave Burton
  • Joseph Lofthouse
master gardeners:
  • jordan barton
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • Ash Jackson
  • Kate Downham

Laurel - poisonous??

 
pollinator
Posts: 933
Location: France
10
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I've always thought that laurel was poisonous.  Indeed (following a link given by paul for something else) Marc Bonfils states "Walnut, laurel, pink laurel, goldenchain laburnum, cytlsus scoparius (scotch broom), yew & box leaves are very -poisonous for animals ( and humans)."
http://permaculturefrance.org/fr/content/article/fodder-trees-temperate-climate-marc-bonfils


However, my goats just can't seem to get enough of laurel.  They have free-range over 12 acres and they chose to spend all their time eating the laurel trees leaves and bark - have even climbed into it - and have eaten all the cytisus and its bark such that I don't think it will grow this year.  They've been doing this for 2 months now and they seem quite well.  Is it one of those myths like false acacia?  or will they die?
 
Posts: 73
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Depending on your location, different things are called Laurel.  I am familiar with "mountain laurel" that smells like grape bubble gum when it blooms, but a neighbor has a weird looking thing that makes a tiny plum like fruit, and he calls it laurel.

What your goats are eating..... que pasa?
 
                    
Posts: 0
2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Bay Laurel (aka 'noble larel' aka bay leaf) is a rather nice addition to soups and stews. But like Alice said, many different plants are called laurel, and some are poisonous.
 
                        
Posts: 40
Location: Berkeley,CA
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Since you are in France you naturally have the European laurel which is much, Much milder that the California bay laurel which is so strong that if you crush a leaf and inhale it nearly knocks you on your butt.  Paul's link was probably referring to the US variety.
 
Mother Tree
Posts: 11648
Location: Portugal
2255
dog duck forest garden tiny house books wofati bike bee solar rocket stoves greening the desert
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
The leaves of English Cherry Laurel Prunus laurocerasus are used by bug collectors in their killing jars, so I guess they must be pretty toxic.  I think they give off some sort of cyanide, but I'm not sure if that's what does the killing or if it's a combination of different chemicals. 
gift
 
Native Bee Guide by Crown Bees
will be released to subscribers in: soon!
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic