what is growing in my field?

Ella19

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Please can anyone identify what this is that is growing in my horse paddock? There are 4 of them. Happy to leave them if they are safe but need to know if they are poisonous and need to be pulled! Many thanks



 

Bede

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Fat hen, Chenopodium album. Not poisonous, in fact can be cooked like spinach apparently!
 

Nugget La Poneh

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The chickens always went mad for that stuff, not sure if thats why it's got the name Fat Hen. I think it is a member of the brassica family so more than likely to be beneficial as part of general grazing, but possibly not in large quantities!!
 
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