Dandelion flower eaten – photo courtesy: Tim Carson

Calendula, also known as “pot marigolds” are great for birds. The flowers and leaves can be eaten.

I bought some calendula plants to give to my birds during the winter.


In some parts of the world, Calendula is considered to be a summer annual. In South Africa, however, the summers are too hot and the plants simply wither in the heat. The cooler temps of winter and their resilience to frost make them an ideal option for winter color.

calendula plant and flowers for birds
safe plants for birds
calendula plant and flowers for birds
safe plants for birds

I asked on the Facebook group what it is good for and Lynn Andrews responded (thank you):

“Calendula has high antimicrobial properties. Calendula flowers have a high percentage of flavonoids, saponins, and triterpenes, which work together to both ease swelling of inflamed tissue and stave off infection.
Calendula also has carotenoids and polysaccharides. This combination helps rebuild skin cells and stabilize mucous membranes. Excellent medicinal plant for birds & humans, alike!”

Dandelions

Dandelion flower eaten by african grey

Dandelion flower eaten – photo courtesy: Tim Carson

Another flower great for birds. Tim Carson says: “dandelions and leaves are good for their livers.”

This article is available in the following edition:

Bird magazine May edition
https://www.wwbirds.co.za/dir/download/150/
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