Lavender (Lavandula) is a flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is native to the Old World and can be found in Europe, Africa, and the Mediterranean. Lavender is also a popular flavor and scent in many soaps, lotions, and candles.
One of the most interesting things about lavender is that sheep love to eat it! In fact, lavender is often used as a natural way to keep flies and sheep away from gardens.
If you’re thinking of planting lavender in your garden, make sure to do your research first. Some types of lavender are more palatable to sheep than others.
For example, English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is a favorite of sheep, while French lavender (Lavandula stoechas) is not.
When grazing on lavender, sheep will typically eat the leaves and flowers first. The stem and roots are not as palatable, but the sheep will still eat them if they’re hungry enough.
If you have a sheep pasture or are considering planting lavender for sheep, make sure to consult with a veterinarian or animal nutritionist first. They can help you choose the best type of lavender for your sheep and provide guidance on how much to plant.
Do sheep eat lavender plants?
No, sheep do not eat lavender plants.